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Celithemis amanda

Hagen, 1861


Order Odonata
Suborder Anisoptera
Superfamily Libelluloidea
Family Libellulidae
Genus Celithemis
Species amanda (Hagen, 1861) [Diplax]


Identification

This is a small uncommon species in the south-central United States that can be recognized by the extent of the wing markings and the unmarked thorax. Its face is yellow becoming brown or red in older males. The thorax is yellow, turning brown with age, and largely unmarked. The forewings are unmarked with red veins. The hindwings have a large basal amber or brown spot, extending approximately 1/4 the length of each wing. The spot generally contains 2 anterior and a single posterior black stripe. The abdomen is largely dark brown or black with pale dorsal spots on segments 1-7. Segment 3 and the basal portion of 4 are pale yellow, turning red in older individuals.

Size

Total length: 24-31 mm; abdomen: 16-22 mm; hindwing: 21-27 mm.

Similar Species

Faded Pennant (C. ornata ) has a basal spot in the hindwing with 2 or 3 dark stripes running through it. Other similar small pennants have larger spots in the hindwing.

Habitat

Calm lakes, ponds, and marshes with emergent vegetation.

Discussion

This species is uncommon west of the Mississippi River. As is typical for the genus, it is often seen perching on tall grasses or bushes around the water. Pairs mate while perched on emergent vegetation. Females thereafter lay eggs along the shore accompanied by the male similar to Faded Pennant.

Distribution

Southeastern U.S., generally along coast from Florida to Texas.