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Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Halloween Pennant.

 Updated: 8/3/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




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



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.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Odonata
        Family: Libellulidae
          Genus: Celithemis
            Species: eponina
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Celithemis eponina
Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
Size (Adult; Length): 30mm to 42mm (1.17in to 1.64in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: orange, black, red
Descriptors: flying, dragonfly, bands, stripes
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