Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

"Halloween Pennant dragonfly in Big Cypress National Preserve"



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.


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    34 Thoughts to “Halloween Pennant Dragonfly”

    1. Charles Henry Eldridge

      Nice capture Alan!

    2. Alan S. Hochman

      Thank you Charles

    3. Alan Hochman

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

    4. Rita.Waller

      Simply Fantastic photo

    5. Gary Sibio

      Excellent photo. Congratulations on the catch.

    6. Alan S. Hochman

      Thanx Gary

    7. Pattie1545

      Simply Fantastic photo

    8. Andy1221


    9. Really nice shot.wow, congrats

    10. Beatiful shot!


    11. Candy

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

    12. RobertoS25

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

    13. Misu-Me

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

    14. Raymond F

      Love your wildlife photography.

    15. PhillipS

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

    16. Alan S. Hochman

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

    17. Jean476

      Great dragonfly pic! Beautiful

    18. Lisa Greenwald

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

    19. Shannon Reiss

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

    20. Deb Smith

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

    21. Alan S. Hochman

      Deb- It’s one of my favorites also!

    22. Gary Rosen

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

    23. Alan S. Hochman

      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.

    24. ruke safari

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

    25. Tom

      Great Photo, composition, color, and unique subject!

    26. Alan S. Hochman

      Thank you kindly Tom

    27. John D

      Fantastic closeup Alan

    28. Alan S. Hochman

      John, much appreciated.

    29. Kimberly C

      Beautiful photos of nature! πŸ™‚

    30. Liberatus Kinyonto

      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.

    31. Robert Nacke

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

    32. Alan S. Hochman

      Thank you Robert.

    33. 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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