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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2023 = 0
Added in 2023 from a previous years = 17

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Amanda's Pennant (Celithemis amanda) by John Petranka, Sally Gewalt
Compare with: Ornate Pennant   Calico Pennant  
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Distribution The southern 2/3rds of the Coastal Plain and extreme eastern Piedmont, ranging sporadically north to Franklin (Piedmont), Edgecombe, and Martin counties. Of widespread occurrence in the Sandhills and southern 35-40% of the Coastal Plain. NC lies at the northern end of the species' range.
Abundance Common in the Sandhills and southern/southeastern Coastal Plain counties, especially where pocosins, savannas, limesink ponds, and other non-riverine waters are present. Rare to uncommon north of Johnston and Craven counties, and rare in the narrow portion of the range into the Piedmont.
Flight Mainly in summer and early fall; formerly early June into early October, rarely to mid-November. However, the flights seem to be starting earlier in recent years, with many May records, plus a record in 2019 from 15 April! Thus, as of now, the flight begins around early or mid-May.
Habitat Breeds in pools, ponds, and lakes, where well vegetated.

See also Habitat Account for Coastal Plain Herbaceous Ponds and Sloughs
Behavior This species, as do most other pennants, perches on twigs and vegetation fairly low to the ground. Adults often forage well away from ponds, such as in savannas and flatwoods.
Comments This is one of the most often encountered dragonflies in late summer when one is walking in savannas, flatwoods, pocosin margins, and the vicinity of limesink ponds, in high quality natural areas such as found in Croatan National Forest, Holly Shelter Game Land, and the Sandhills Game Land. It, along with the Halloween Pennant, seems to forage farther away from water than do the other Celithemis pennants in NC.
State Rank S5
State Status
Global Rank G5
Federal Status
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-08 14:51:42

Photo Gallery for Amanda's Pennant   22 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Paul Hart

Comment: Harnett; C, 2022-08-01, Anderson Creek County Park
Photo 2 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Hoke, 2022-06-19, Nicholson Creek Game Land - ad.male and female
Photo 3 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Hoke, 2022-06-19, Nicholson Creek Game Land - ad.male and female
Photo 4 by: Scott Pohlman

Comment: Sampson, 2021-07-22, Pondberry Bay Preserve
Photo 5 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Moore; C, 2020-07-20, Sandhills Community College Garden
Photo 6 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Carteret, 2018-09-02, Croatan National Forest; Millis Rd.
Photo 7 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Craven, 2018-09-01, Croatan National Forest, powerline ROW at intersection of Catfish Lake Rd. and Little Rd.
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields, John Petranka

Comment: Carteret, 2018-08-24, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 9 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Richmond; C, 2017-10-01, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 10 by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Craven, 2017-08-27
Photo 11 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-05-21, - Patsy Pond. Single immature male with damaged wing.
Photo 12 by: John Petranka

Comment: Jones, 2016-09-11, Croatan National Forest. Along Great Lake Road at junction with Seaborn Road. 1 male, 2 females. Photo.
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-09-05, Holly Shelter Game Land, ponds
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-08-21, individuals not counted; ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-07-15, individuals not counted; Stones Creek Game Land
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-06-26, individuals not counted; Stones Creek Game Land
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-08-01, Green Swamp Preserve
Photo 18 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jones, 2015-07-30, Great Lake Road at jct. with Seaborn Rd., Croatan National Forest. - Males and females.
Photo 19 by: Rick Cheicante

Comment: Richmond; P, 2014-09-20, - Sandhills Game Land
Photo 20 by: E. Corey

Comment: Cumberland, 2007-09-11
Photo 21 by: Jeff Pippen - Jeff's website

Comment: Carteret Co., 2004-08-29, male
Photo 22 by: Randy Emmitt

Comment: Scotland Co., 2004-07-24, Sandhills Game Land, female