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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2023 = 0
Added in 2023 from a previous years = 40

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Banded Pennant (Celithemis fasciata) by John Petranka
Compare with: Halloween Pennant  
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Distribution Essentially statewide. Undoubtedly occurs in all 100 counties, though not yet recorded from three counties.
Abundance Fairly common to often common in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont; fairly common in most of the mountains, but certainly rare or absent at higher elevations.
Flight Most of the flight season -- late April to late September, rarely into October. The mountain flight is barely shorter.
Habitat As with other pennants, it breeds at ponds and lakes, typically ones that are fairly open, frequently at man-made ponds.

See also Habitat Account for General Pond Shorelines
Behavior Males are most often seen along the margins of ponds, making short patrols out over the water. This species usually doesn't stray too far from the margins of ponds and lakes.
Comments This is another of our numerous pennants, perhaps slightly less numerous than the Halloween Pennant, but nonetheless quite widespread in the state and not hard to find by walking around the margins of open ponds and lakes with some marshy or emergent vegetation along the shores. Oddly, Dunkle (2000) gives its abundance rangewide simply as "local", which implies some scarcity or difficulty in finding, which does not fit the case in NC.
State Rank S5
State Status
Global Rank G5
Federal Status
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2023-01-16 14:15:25

Photo Gallery for Banded Pennant   43 photos are available.
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Photo 1 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Ashe, 2021-08-08, Ashe Park Pond, Jefferson
Photo 2 by: Harry LeGrand, Lori Arent

Comment: Johnston; C, 2021-06-17, Howell Woods Preserve
Photo 3 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-06-08, Hot Springs area
Photo 4 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Hoke, 2020-05-14, Nicholson Creek Game Land
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2019-06-26, Spring Lake Park, Boiling Spring Lakes
Photo 6 by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2019-05-18
Photo 7 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Carteret, 2019-05-07, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Scotland, 2018-09-03, Scotland Lake, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 9 by: A. Rawlings

Comment: Gaston, 2018-07-23, Crowders Mountain State Park - female @ -81.290770, 35.210087
Photo 10 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-08, Winston Lake
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2018-06-22, retention pond east of McDonald's on NC 55, Grantsboro - First record for county
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Currituck, 2018-06-09, pond at Currituck Community Park near Maple
Photo 14 by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-06-06, Flat Branch- Two males observed at the same location within twenty feet of each other. Each exhibiting similar behavior.
Photo 15 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Granville, 2017-07-06, Holt Lake - male
Photo 16 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-28, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, Greenway - perched on cattail, beaver pond
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Rutherford; P, 2017-06-02, Morse Park, Lake Lure
Photo 18 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-04-30, - Single specimen photographed at Patsy Pond, Croatan National Forest
Photo 19 by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2016-06-13, McDowell Nature Preserve - McDowell Prairie, near pond
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2016-06-10, Jones Lake
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-08-01, Boiling Spring Lakes - at North Lake Park
Photo 22 by: Mark Shields and Zoology lab class

Comment: Onslow, 2015-07-27, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville - at retention ponds
Photo 23 by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Richmond; C, 2015-06-14, - Too many to count around Scotland Lake.
Photo 24 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2015-05-26, Ayr Mount - female
Photo 25 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-14, First pond on Buchanan Road - male
Photo 26 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Jones, 2014-06-22, - Single male at Brocks Mill
Photo 27 by: Carl Ganser

Comment: Rockingham, 2014-06-14, Haw River State Park - male
Photo 28 by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2014-06-14, Occoneechee Mountain SNA (OCMO). Around margins of upper pond.
Photo 29 by: Carl Ganser

Comment: Anson, 2014-06-07, pond at Pee Dee NWR
Photo 30 by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Lake Santeetlah north of Robbinsville - Male & Female