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

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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 14
Added in 2020 from previous years = 3 (1933-07-03) (1939-06-04) (2019-05-15)

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Banded Pennant (Celithemis fasciata) by John Petranka
Compare with: Halloween Pennant  
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distribution Essentially statewide, though of spotty occurrence in the mountains. Likely occurs in all 100 counties, though not yet recorded from five counties (three in the mountains).
abundance Fairly common to often common in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont; fairly common in most of the mountains, but certainly rare or absent at higher elevations.
flight Most of the flight season -- late April to late September, rarely into October. The mountain flight is barely shorter.
habitat As with other pennants, it breeds at ponds and lakes, typically ones that are fairly open, frequently at man-made ponds.

See also Habitat Account for General Beaver Ponds and Semi-natural Impoundments
behavior Males are most often seen along the margins of ponds, making short patrols out over the water. This species usually doesn't stray too far from the margins of ponds and lakes.
comments This is another of our numerous pennants, perhaps slightly less numerous than Calico and Halloween pennants, but nonetheless quite widespread in the state and not hard to find by walking around the margins of open ponds and lakes with some marshy or emergent vegetation along the shores. Oddly, Dunkle (2000) gives its abundance rangewide simply as "local", which implies some scarcity or difficulty in finding, which does not fit the case in NC.
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 Banded Pennant

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-06-08, Hot Springs area
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Hoke, 2020-05-14, Nicholson Creek Game Lands
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2019-06-26, Spring Lake Park, Boiling Spring Lakes
Photo by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2019-05-18,
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Carteret, 2019-05-07, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Scotland, 2018-09-03, Scotland Lake, Sandhills Game Land
Photo by: A. Rawlings

Comment: Gaston, 2018-07-23, CRMO - female @ -81.290770, 35.210087
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-08, Winston Lake
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2018-06-22, retention pond east of McDonald's on NC 55, Grantsboro - First record for county
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Mark Shields

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

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-06-06, Flat Branch- Two males observed at the same location within twenty feet of each other. Each exhibiting similar behavior. -One Pictured
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Granville, 2017-07-06, Holt Lake - male
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-28, Franklin, Little Tennessee River, Greenway - perched on cattail, beaver pond
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Rutherford; P, 2017-06-02, Morse Park, Lake Lure
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-04-30, - Single specimen photographed at Patsy Pond in eastern CNF.
Photo by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2016-06-13, McDowell Nature Preserve - McDowell Prairie, near pond
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2016-06-10, Jones Lake
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-08-01, Boiling Spring Lakes - at North Lake Park
Photo by: Mark Shields and Zoology lab class

Comment: Onslow, 2015-07-27, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville - at retention ponds
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Richmond; C, 2015-06-14, - Too many to count around Scotland Lake.
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2015-05-26, Ayr Mount - female
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-14, First pond on Buchanan Road - male
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Jones, 2014-06-22, - Single male at Brocks Mill
Photo by: Carl Ganser

Comment: Rockingham, 2014-06-14, Haw River State Park - male
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2014-06-14, Occoneechee Mountain SNA (OCMO). Around margins of upper pond.
Photo by: Carl Ganser

Comment: Anson, 2014-06-07, pond at Pee Dee NWR
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Lake Santeetlah north of Robbinsville - Male & Female
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Orange, 2013-06-22, Occoneechee Mt. SNA - upper pond
Photo by: Nancy Cowal

Comment: McDowell; M, 2012-08-31, Old Fort / submitted by Vin Stanton - Male & Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Polk; P, 2012-08-04, FENCE - Male
Photo by: Alicia Jackson

Comment: Moore; C, 2012-07-01, Ray
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2012-06-08, Leach pond, close to Sandy Mush Gamelands
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-05-25, Owen Park ponds, Warren Wilson College,Swannanoa River - Male & Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-07-24, Fletcher Park pond and nearby stream
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-07-24, Fletcher Park pond and nearby stream
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

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

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-01, imaged at Beaver Lake Asheville
Photo by: Robert Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 11/23/11, - These observations were made at Lochmere Golf Course in Cary. This is a male.
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2009-06-14, Shell Hollar Road Pond - around pond edges
Photo by: Ted WIlcox

Comment: Alleghany, 2007-06-10. female