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Species Celithemis eponina - Halloween Pennant

Halloween Pennant - Celithemis eponina - female Halloween Pennant - Celithemis eponina Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) - Celithemis eponina Hallowen Pennant? - Celithemis eponina - male Inland barrens dragonfly 2 - Celithemis eponina Dragonfly - Celithemis eponina Celithemis eponina / Halloween Pennant - Celithemis eponina - male Halloween Pennant pair laying eggs - Celithemis eponina - male - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Celithemis (Pennants)
Species eponina (Halloween Pennant)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Celithemis eponina (Drury, 1773)
Length 3.8 cm
Distinctive wing pattern; dark subterminal wing marking extends across wing from leading edge to trailing edge.
Eastern and central US, plus southern Ontario
Ponds, marshes (breeding), old fields (foraging)
Year-round in Florida, summer in northern part of range
Predatory on other insects
Life Cycle
Males are not territorial, perch near edge of ponds, waiting for incoming females. Mating typically takes place in the morning. Oviposition is in tandem. Frequently seen perched on weeds in fields as it forages, pivoting with the wind.
Usually the most common of the Celithemis pennants.
See Also
Calico Pennant subterminal wing marking restricted to leading edge of wing (in Halloween Pennant, subterminal wing marking extends across wing from leading edge to trailing edge)
Print References
Dunkle, p. 233, plate 44 (1)