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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2024-00-00 = 11
Added in 2024-00-00 from a previous years = 4

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Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Painted Skimmer   Banded Pennant  
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Distribution Statewide. This is one of the very few species with records for all 100 counties.
Abundance Common over the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, but only uncommon to fairly common in the mountains. Though it is not normally seen in swarms, we have several one-day counts of 50 or more individuals. The abundance across the state is relatively low until July or August, and it is often missed on late spring and early summer field trips.
Flight An extended flight season, covering most of the warmer months -- very late April or early May to mid-October downstate, and from mid-June (if not earlier) to late September in the mountains.
Habitat Breeds at ponds and lakes, and sometimes at marshes.
Behavior This Celithemis pennant forages farther away from water than all others, and is actually not often seen at breeding waters. They are characteristically seen perching on the tips of blades of grasses or tall herbs in a field or powerline clearing, usually well removed from forested areas.
Comments In many respects, this is the most atypical of the Celithemis pennants. It often resembles a butterfly or moth in flight because the wings are heavily suffused with amber or ochre coloration so as to appear almost opaque. The many dark bands on the wings also might fool an observer into thinking the odonate is a butterfly or moth. It seems to "enjoy" flying in windy weather, with choppy wing beats. As with the Calico Pennant, this species should be easily seen and learned by beginners.
State Rank S5
State Status
Global Rank G5
Federal Status
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2023-01-16 14:10:52

Photo Gallery for Halloween Pennant   40 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Amy Padgett

Comment: Bladen, 2024-05-21, Pond 2 miles SE of Clarkton, NC - 11:52AM at edge of pond
Photo 2 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Craven, 2023-09-15, Martin Marietta Park, New Bern
Photo 3 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-11-01
Photo 4 by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Moore; C, 2019-08-02, Adjacent to Ray's Mill Pond/Powell's Pond - Adult
Photo 5 by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Moore; C, 2019-08-02, Adjacent to Ray's Mill Pond/Powell's Pond - Adult
Photo 6 by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-08-24, Flat Branch
Photo 7 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2018-07-21, W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir; from dam to ~1000' downstream
Photo 8 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-08, Winston Lake
Photo 9 by: Chuck Smith

Comment: Davidson, 2018-07-02, Lexington. Pond at Finch Park.
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Currituck, 2018-06-09, pond at Currituck Community Park near Maple
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 12 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Granville, 2017-07-06, Holt Lake - in wheel
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2017-06-16, Conaby Creek, from boating access area to 2.25 km upstream by kayak
Photo 14 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2017-06-14, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, upper pond - males
Photo 15 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-05-21, - Patsy and Lily Ponds.
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2015-08-15, Northeast Cape Fear River by kayak, between Wayne
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2015-08-06, Carolina Beach State Park - 2 at Grass Pond, 1 along Cape Fear River near marina
Photo 18 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2015-08-01, Lake Waccamaw State Park
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-08-01, Boiling Spring Lakes - at Spring Lake Park
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-07-18, Suggs Millpond (aka Horseshoe Lake) - many pairs flying in tandem; females ovipositing
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hyde, 2015-07-08, Mattamuskeet NWR
Photo 22 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2015-07-01, Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 23 by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; OBL, 2015-06-10, Cape Point Campground - Multiple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo 24 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Yancey, 2014-08-26, Mount Mitchell State Park, Commissary Trail
Photo 25 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2014-06-29, - Retention pond
Photo 26 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-06-19, Grass bald on Oak Knob - male
Photo 27 by: Jon Boerger

Comment: Buncombe, 2013-07-29
Photo 28 by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-07-08, Beatty Park from 05:30 - 07:30 PM. Skies 60/40 clear/cloud, temp. 85.
Photo 29 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2013-07-03, along retention pond at Coastal Carolina Community College
Photo 30 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Polk; P, 2012-08-04, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) - Male & Female