Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly


This is a photograph of a Halloween Pennant dragonfly taken at Big Cypress National Preserve using a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 60mm lens.

The Halloween Pennant, Celithemis eponina, is a dragonfly found in North America, in the Pennant genus of dragonflies.

The Halloween Pennant has been described as looking very similar to a butterfly. Its wings are orange-yellow in color, though its markings are dark brown, not black as is commonly believed; the entirely orange-yellow wings with dark brown bands are what has given it its Halloween common name and its typical position of being perched at the tip of a weed stalk, waving in the breeze like a pennant contributes to the remainder of its common name. The young has yellow markings, including a stripe on its back, and adult males develop pale red markings, particularly on the face, though females will occasionally get these red markings too. Halloween Pennants are normally between 38 and 42 mm (approx. 1.5 inches) in size. They feed on other insects, and they are able to fly in rain and strong wind. On hot days, it will often shade its thorax using its wings.

Subject Photo exif Data

  • Aperture - ƒ/13
  • Camera - NIKON D90
  • Date Created - June 13, 2010, 2:33 am
  • Focal length - 60mm
  • Iso - 500
  • Shutter speed - 1/125
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  1. Charles Henry Eldridge says:

    Nice capture Alan!

  2. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Thank you Charles

  3. Alan Hochman says:

    Thanks Karen, how have you been? Going Upstate much?

  4. Rita.Waller says:

    Simply Fantastic photo

  5. Gary Sibio says:

    Excellent photo. Congratulations on the catch.

  6. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Thanx Gary

  7. Pattie1545 says:

    Simply Fantastic photo

  8. JasonW says:


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  10. Carolina says:

    Really nice shot.wow, congrats

  11. Carolina says:

    Beatiful shot!


  12. Candy says:

    Beautiful picture! I don’t think I have ever seen a dragonfly this color

  13. RobertoS25 says:

    What camera(s) do you use? btw Great closeup.

  14. Misu-Me says:

    Oh, I absolutely love it – the colors and the pattern. Splendid!

  15. Raymond F says:

    Love your wildlife photography.

  16. PhillipS says:

    That is a real handsome dragonfly Alan. Really crisp pic.

  17. Alan S. Hochman says:

    LOL I never heard of a handsome dragonfly.. but thank you.

  18. Jean476 says:

    Great dragonfly pic! Beautiful

  19. Lisa Greenwald says:

    Dragonflies are my favorite insects. They’re so graceful.

  20. Shannon Reiss says:

    Love this pic. Why is it called a Halloween Pennant?

  21. Deb Smith says:

    Lovely, vivid photo of my favorite dragonfly. They seem to be everywhere this summer!

  22. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Deb- It’s one of my favorites also!

  23. Gary Rosen says:

    really like the dragonfly shots. what size macro lens would you suggest. looking at the canon 100mm 2.8

  24. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Hi Gary-
    Thank you for the compliment. Although I am a Nikon user, I use a Nikkor 60mm 2.8. The Canon 100mm 2.8 is a good lens for macro work.

  25. ruke safari says:

    a million words cannot describe the beauty of this awesome creature.. nice shot.. (:

  26. Tom says:

    Great Photo, composition, color, and unique subject!

  27. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Thank you kindly Tom

  28. John D says:

    Fantastic closeup Alan

  29. Alan S. Hochman says:

    John, much appreciated.

  30. Kimberly C says:

    Beautiful photos of nature! 🙂

  31. Liberatus Kinyonto says:

    Mr. Hochman,you should pay a visit in Katavi National Park in Tanzania.I wish you will have much more to discover.Well done for your tiredless activities you are doing which educate the world.

  32. Robert Nacke says:

    Nice Picture Alan ,you are a very talented photographer ,please take a look at mine on National geographic or on Dream Time

  33. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Thank you Robert.

  34. Your every lucky to live in an area that has such wonderful wildlife Alan. Fanatasic photo aswell one of the best I’ve seen here so far.


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