The bright and flashy Halloween Pennant is a bright dragonfly that floats like a butterfly.
Bright orange and black-banded wings make the Halloween Pennant an easy dragonfly to spot. Its festive coloring is similar to many types of butterflies, and its fluttering manner of flight makes it reasonable to mistake it for one at first sight. T he long abdomen should be an instant giveaway, however, 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 just its forewings upward while flattening its hindwings, a position that is somewhat unusual for dragonflies.
Adults hunt for insects among nearby water and the surrounding vegetation. Males and females fly together as she lays her fertilized eggs just under the water's surface. After hatching, the young naiads spend their time eating and growing underwater. They will molt several times and then crawl out of the water to finally develop into a winged adult on land.
Scientific Name: Celithemis eponina
Dragonfly or Damselfly
Size (Adult; Length): 30mm to 42mm (1.17in to 1.64in)
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