Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Halloween Pennant, including physical features and territorial reach.
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.