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Celithemis ornata

Rambur, 1842


Order Odonata
Suborder Anisoptera
Superfamily Libelluloidea
Family Libellulidae
Genus Celithemis
Species ornata (Rambur, 1842) [Libellula]


Identification

This is a small reddish species similar to Amanda's Pennant (C. amanda), but with a smaller spot in the hindwing and the thorax marked as below. The face and thorax are pale olivaceous. The middorsal thoracic stripe is wide and brown. There is a broad humeral, midlateral and third lateral stripe on each side of the thorax. The last two stripes are confluent above. The basal fifth of the hindwing is amber or brown. The abdomen is black with pale yellow spots dorsally on segments 1-7 that become red in older males.

Size

Total length: 31-36 mm; abdomen: 21-26 mm; hindwing: 21-28 mm.

Similar Species

This species can be distinguished from Amanda's Pennant as described above. Mature Red-veined Pennant's (C. bertha ) are brighter red and have the lateral thoracic markings separated.

Habitat

Lakes, ponds, pools, with calm waters and slow reaches of streams, all with emergent vegetation.

Discussion

This is a dainty species that behaves similarly to the other small pennants discussed previously. It may be seen perched high on tall grasses and stems when foraging in open fields. It is more common in the eastern portion of its range. Females lay eggs accompanied by males, along the shorelines of ponds, lakes and marshes.

Distribution

Eastern U.S. coast from New Jersey and Florida to Texas.