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Celithemis eponina  (Drury, 1773)
Halloween Pennant


Libellulidae, Skimmer Family

Status-Global/State:

Global: G5     Wisconsin: S4    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This strikingly marked skimmer has been labeled as the most butterfly-like dragonfly. The body varies from 1.4 to 1.7 inches in the length. It can be identified by its orange wings, spotted and banded with black. Juveniles bear yellow body markings, including a dorsal yellow stripe on the abdomen. In males, the yellow markings become reddish at maturity, including the face, wing veins, stigmas, and body markings. Some females also develop faintly red markings, but they stay pale compared to the males.

Description of Habitat/Range:

Common throughout eastern and central United States and southeast Canada, this species can be found at borders of ponds, borrow pits, lakes, and marshes. It is widely, though locally, distributed throughout Wisconsin.

Flight Season:

Late June to early September in Wisconsin.


Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
18%
(85)
49%
(231)
27%
(127)
6%
(27)
Shading illustrates monthly percentages of the total flight season records for the species. Each flight season record is a unique date/location/observer combination where one or more adult or an exuvia was recorded (excludes nymphs). The actual number of flight season records for each month is shown in parentheses.

Flight seasons begin earlier in the southern part of the state, often by a week or more. Also, flight charts may not be accurate for rare species because of few data available.
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Photo of Male Halloween pennant
Male Halloween pennant. © Dan Jackson

Male Halloween pennant
Photo of Male Halloween pennant
Male Halloween pennant. © Mike Reese

Male Halloween pennant
Photo of Immature male Halloween pennant
Immature male Halloween pennant. © Dan Jackson

Immature male Halloween pennant
Photo of Female Halloween pennant
Female Halloween pennant. © Dan Jackson

Female Halloween pennant
Photo of Female Halloween pennant
Female Halloween pennant. © Dan Jackson

Female Halloween pennant



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