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  • Halloween Pennant - (Celithemis eponina)

    Halloween Pennant - (Celithemis eponina)

    The bright and flashy Halloween Pennant is a dragonfly that floats like a butterfly.

    Staff Writer (8/3/2016): Bright orange and black spotted wings make the Halloween Pennant an easy dragonfly to spot. The coloring is similar to butterflies as well as the fluttering manner of flight, so it may be mistaken for one at first sight. The long abdomen should be an instant giveaway that it belongs in the Odonata family with all other dragonflies.

    This species is comfortable resting on tall reeds and grasses in marshes, ponds or by creeks and stream. Sometimes it will raise its abdomen straight up in the air while perched; other times it will lay flat. Sometimes it holds its forewings upward while flattening its hindwings, which is somewhat unusual for dragonflies at rest.

    Adults hunt for insects among the waters and surrounding vegetation. Males and females fly together as she lays her fertilized eggs just under the water's surface. Larval naiads hatch underwater where they spend their time eating and growing. They will molt several times and then crawl out of the water to finally molt into a winged adult on land.

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    Halloween Pennant

    Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
    Common name: Halloween Pennant
    Scientific Name: Celithemis eponina

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Odonata
          Family: Libellulidae
           Genus: Celithemis
            Species: eponina

    Size (Adult, Length): 30mm to 42mm (1.18in to 1.65in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, black, red

    Additional Descriptors: flying, dragonfly, bands, stripes

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Ontario; Quebec; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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