Calico Pennant - Celithemis elisa (Hagen, 1861)

Range & Habitat:
Found throughout the state

Inhabits ponds, lakes and marshes.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 12 May
Late Date: 8 October

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Dorsal - Photo by Sheryl Chacon
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Mature males are distinctive with reddish brown wing markings and a row of red triangles on the abdomen. Females and tenerals have the red largely replaced by yellow and could be mistaken for several other pennants.
See Banded Pennant, Halloween Pennant and Martha's Pennant. Carolina Saddlebags has a similar basal spot but is much larger and the rest of the wing is clear.

Conservation Status:
State: S5 Demonstrably secure in the state
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range