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Species Celithemis elisa - Calico 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 elisa (Calico Pennant)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Celithemis elisa (Hagen, 1861)
Size
Length 3.0 cm
Identification
Distinctive wing pattern; dark subterminal wing marking small and restricted to leading edge of wing.
Male has pink wing veins and red heart-shaped abdominal spots; female has yellow wing veins and bright yellow abdominal spots.
Range
Eastern and central North America
Habitat
Ponds, lakes with marshy borders
Season
March to October in south; June to August in north
Food
Predatory: forages in fields, perching on the tips of plants, as do other pennants.
Life Cycle
Males are not territorial; perch along edges of ponds, on the lookout for incoming females. Pairs perch on vegetation near water while mating, oviposit as a pair.
See Also
Halloween Pennant subterminal wing marking extends across wing from leading edge to trailing edge (in Calico Pennant, subterminal wing marking restricted to leading edge of wing)
Print References
Dunkle, p. 234, plate 44 (1)
Internet References