Calico Pennant

Calico pennant dragonfly perched on a twig
Scientific Name
Celithemis elisa
Libellulidae (skimmers) in the order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

The calico pennant is a colorful, beautifully marked dragonfly. A key identifier for this species is the dark spot that occurs short of the wing tip (the subterminal dark spot): this spot is positioned next to the leading edge of the wing, and it does not extend as a band to the trailing edge of the wing.

Females and young males have yellow wing veins, and bright yellow heart-shaped spots on the abdomen.

Mature males have pink wing veins, and bright red heart-shaped spots on the abdomen.

Similar species: The Halloween pennant (C. eponina) has similar colors and wing markings, but the dark spot positioned short of the wing tip runs as a band all across the wing, from leading edge to trailing edge.

Learn more about this and other dragonflies on their group page.

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