The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Ornate Pennant   Amanda's Pennant  
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distribution Statewide, but of spotty distribution in parts of the mountains (though likely occurring in all counties).
abundance Fairly common to occasionally common, and widespread, essentially throughout, but less numerous in the middle and higher elevations in the mountains.
flight Most of the flight season for dragonflies (except for early spring); downstate, generally from mid-April to early October, sparingly into early November. The flight in the mountains begins in early May and extends to late September.
habitat As with other Celithemis, it breeds at ponds and smaller lakes, typically with much vegetation along the shoreline. It occasionally breeds at slow creeks and rivers.

See also Habitat Account for General Beaver Ponds and Semi-natural Impoundments
behavior Adults fly at ponds and perch on twigs and vegetation around pond margins. They also forage well away from water, preferring open habitats such as fields (rather than open woods and wooded margins). They are unwary when perching, as are most other pennants.
comments This is one of the more colorful of the dragonflies, and adult males are quite stunning with their red and black abdomens and numerous burgundy/blood-red wing patches. Females and immatures, though highly patterned, could be confused with Halloween Pennants. Thankfully, because it occurs statewide and in open habitats, and it flies for many months of the year, it is one of the dragonflies that beginners should be able to observe and learn.
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand1234

Photo Gallery for Calico Pennant

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-13, River Road, Murray Branch Meadows
Photo by: Charles K. Smith

Comment: Davidson, 2018-07-02, Lexington. Pond at Finch Park.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Lake Glenville at Powerhouse Access Area - First record for county.
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Alleghany, 2018-06-17, Little Glade Mill Pond at mile marker 230 on the BRP - ad.males
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Currituck, 2018-06-09, pond at Currituck Community Park near Maple
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2018-06-01, Carolina Beach State Park (CABE), limesink ponds
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange Co., 2017-06-06 - male
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Wayne, 2017-05-29, - COFN, along dike of swimming lake
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, 17 Frog Pond, Sandhills Game Land
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-10-15, Holly Shelter Game Land
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2015-09-15, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Mark Shields and Zoology lab class

Comment: Onslow, 2015-07-27, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville - at retention pond
Photo by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Hoke, 2015-05-27, along existing gas line west of NC Hwy 211, N of Ashemont Rd. - probably more; many in field adjacent to pond
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2015-05-06, Occoneechee Mountain
Photo by: Jeff Beane

Comment: Watauga, 2014-06-07, ca. 3.6 airmi. WNW Todd (Long Hope Valley, in a cranberry bog)
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-07-20, Beatty Park fields - 50/50 sun/shade - 90 degrees - light wind
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Lake Santeetlah north of Robbinsville - Male
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-05-15, Colonel Beatty Park - temp near 90°F, clear, gusty wind - Lifer
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Brunswick, 2013-04-26, Green swamp
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Durham, 2012-06-18, Quail Roost - female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2011-09-13, Coastal Carolina Community College
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Female
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2011-06-15, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Macon, 2011-06-13, Highlands Biological Station Pond
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at lake Junaluska and seen at Haywood Community College
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-28, imaged at Beaver Lake Asheville
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Steve Hall

Comment: Montgomery, 2010-08-30, Field next to Dutchmans Creek
Photo by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Durham, 2010-08-15, - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2009-09-13, Imaged at Fletcher Park - 9/13/2009
Photo by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Alleghany, 2009-06-06, Blue Ridge Parkway, Male
Photo by: Paul Hart

Comment: Harnett; P, 2007-09-22,
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2006-05-29, female
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2004-08-03, male
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2004-07-29, female