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Genus Celithemis - Pennants

Calico Pennant - Celithemis elisa - male dragonfly - Celithemis eponina Calico Pennant - Celithemis elisa Banded Pennant - Celithemis fasciata Halloween Pennant  Dragonfly - Celithemis eponina Celithemis elisa - male Halloween Pennant - Celithemis eponina Halloween pennant - Celithemis eponina - female
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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Celithemis Hagen, 1861
Explanation of Names
Apparently from Greek, celi (or celo), meaning abdomen, plus plus the ubiquitous suffix -themis. This is from Greek, first used by Hagen in 1861, and it means "what has been established", i.e., rule, or law. Themis was also a goddess of order and justice. However, it is possible the suffix was also simply based on the Greek suffixes -hemis (half), or -emis. See this Odonata list post by KD Dijkstra.
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