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Double-ringed Pennant (Celithemis verna) by John Petranka
Compare with: Marl Pennant   Seaside Dragonlet   Slaty Skimmer  
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distribution Primarily Coastal Plain and eastern Piedmont. A few records for the southern mountains and western Piedmont, but primary from Caswell, Chatham, and Union counties eastward. However, in the Coastal Plain it is of spotty occurrence in the extreme eastern counties and is possibly absent in a few counties near the coast.
abundance Generally uncommon in the inner half of the Coastal Plain and lower Piedmont, being most numerous in the Sandhills. Very rare to rare in the eastern Coastal Plain, especially close to the coast. Very rare in the central and western Piedmont and southern mountains. Apparently absent in most of the mountain region and western part of the Piedmont.
flight Flight period is shorter and earlier than for other pennants (except Ornate) -- mainly from early May to late July, rarely to early August. There are just two April records.
habitat As with other pennants, it breeds at ponds and small lakes with much vegetation along the shore.
behavior Males are usually seen along the shore of a pond, making short patrols over the water or perching on twigs. Adults may forage short distances from water.
comments This and the Red-veined are our only two "scarce" Celithemis pennants, and one may have to walk around several ponds or much lake shore (in the heart of the range) to find this species. Not helping is the fact that immatures and females are not overly easy to identify, and adult males look like small versions of Slaty Skimmers. By far our largest single-day counts have been at small ponds at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area in the eastern Piedmont; these ponds, however, are in sunny fields and not within the natural area. Oddly, this site in Orange County is not far from the western (inner) edge of the range in the state.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Double-ringed Pennant

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: M. Turner, B. Bockhahn, and DSA participants

Comment: Moore; C, 2018-05-13, Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve - ad.males
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-26, Horseshoe Lake, Sugg's Mill Pond Game Lands
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Orange, 2017-05-06, Occoneechee Mt. SNA - tenerals
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2015-05-23, Occoneechee Mountain SNA (OCMO). Upper and lower ponds. Mating wheels and tandem oviposition observed. - Mostly mature males, but 4 females observed as well. Males typically perched on ground or on low vegetation at periphery of pond. Photo is of teneral female.
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2015-05-23, Occoneechee Mountain SNA (OCMO). Upper and lower ponds. Mating wheels and tandem oviposition observed. - Mostly mature males, but 4 females observed as well. Males typically perched on ground or on low vegetation at periphery of pond.
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Orange, 2013-06-22, Occoneechee Mt. SNA - males; lower pond
Photo by: Ed Corey

Comment: Onslow, 2007-05-28, adult male
Photo by: R Emmitt

Comment: Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, at back side of lower pond, 2003-06-21
Photo by: R Emmitt, R Rittmaster

Comment: Mated pair along one of the wildlife ponds in the Caswell Gamelands., 2002-06-16