Wisconsin Odonata Survey


Celithemis fasciata  Kirby, 1889
Banded Pennant

Libellulidae, Skimmer Family
"Most Wanted" Species


Global: G5     Wisconsin: SR    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

A dark dragonfly with variable black wing patterns, this species varies from 1.2 to 1.5 inches in length. Juveniles have yellow markings on face, side of thorax, and abdomen that turn black in males as they age. The females' coloration is similar to juveniles.

Description of Habitat/Range:

Found throughout eastern United States, this species prefers permanent ponds and lakes, especially clear-water borrow pits or sand-bottomed lakes. Wisconsin may be part of its historical range, with an older record from Milwaukee County. It should be looked for in the southeast corner of the state.

Flight Season:

Throughout northern part of its range, the flight season is from late May to early September.

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 banded pennant
Male banded pennant. © Dennis Paulson

Photo of Female banded pennant
Female banded pennant. © Dennis Paulson

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