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Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

…a species of pennant (Libellulidae) that occurs in eastern and central US, it has also been observed in Ontario as well. Like most dragonflies the Halloween pennant frequents ponds, fields, and marshes and feeds mainly on other insects which are caught on the wing. They are typically only active during summer, except in Florida where they are active all year long.

Like other odonates C. eponina is sexually dimorphic with males possessing pink wing veins/abdominal spots and females possessing yellow wing veins/abdominal spots.

Classification

Animalia-Arhtropoda-Insecta-Odonata-Ansioptera-Libellulidae-Celithemis-C. eponina

Images: Ken Slade and Bob McPherson

This Halloween pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina), photographed by Peter Laning-Raab, was seen just last week at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, WI, USA.

The dragonfly larvae usually inhabit water: ponds marshes, bogs, rivers and streams. The males perch near the edge of ponds, waiting for incoming females. Adults leave the water and live elsewhere until they are ready to mate. They return to the water of their youth. 

(via: USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System)

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