Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

Ocean City Odonata

Suborders: Anisoptera (Dragonflies) | Zygoptera (Damselflies) | Anisozygoptera

Dragonflies (Anisoptera) » Family: Skimmers (Libellulidae) » Genus: Celithemis

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) | Ocean City Odonata

Halloween Pennants are North American dragonflies, and can be found in the Ocean City area during the summer months.  You will find them in many of the wetland areas on the bayside of the Ocean City peninsula, particularly where you will find tall reeds.

I have found many of the Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) in Northside Park, 125th St, in the wetlands behind the Bayside Skillet at 77th St and Coastal Hwy and around Rt 54 in Lighthouse Cove, Fenwick Island, DE.

Halloween Pennant | Ocean City Odonata

 

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) are normally approximately 1.5 inches long (between 38 and 42 mm) in size, with a wing span in the adults at approximately 3 inches (76.2 mm)

The wings of the Halloween Pennant are a yellow-orange with dark brown bands, the face a yellow to olive, becoming darker with age.  The thorax, or chest, is yellowish-green with a dark middorsal stripe and narrow lateral stripes on the sutures. The midlateral stripe is usually not continuous after the spiracle. This is the only species with completely yellowish-orange wings marked with broad dark brown or black stripes and a red pterostigma, a cell at the end of each wing. The abdomen is slender with pale yellow dorsal spots on segments 3 through 7 that become red with age.

Halloween Pennant | Ocean City Odonata

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