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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

Halloween Pennant

10 August, 2014        Halloween Pennant

I just couldn’t resist that great name. That’s the actual name of a dragonfly I photographed this week – it’s called a “Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina).” Have a look:

“Halloween Pennant” – great name for a great looking insect. Open freshwater mussel shell in the background.

I was most interested in “Pennant” – I’d never heard that before. When I…

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