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Species Celithemis eponina - Halloween Pennant

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Classification
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)
Size
Length 3.8 cm
Identification
Distinctive wing pattern; dark subterminal wing marking extends across wing from leading edge to trailing edge.
Range
e NA to CO (BG data)
Habitat
Ponds, marshes (breeding), old fields (foraging)
Season
mostly: Jun-Aug, yr-round in FL (BG data)
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.
Remarks
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)