Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 12 September 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Central Park, Carmel, Indiana

I would have preferred a better view of the wings in this shot, but unfortunately this was the best of the images I got on this day. This is an attractive dragonfly that has really distinctive wing markings. Apparently this allows for few mistakes in identification, so I hope this ID is correct! The Halloween Pennant is commonly found near ponds, marshes and lakes the across the eastern half of the US and southern Canada.


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Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

Awesome capture...even if the wings aren't the best angle the eyes are amazing...nice focus!

12 Sep 2010 6:14am

@Sara: Thank you Sara.

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

What a beautiful point of view Julie!! I love the wingspread and the colors. This is a 5 * from me!! Not bad for a Sunday morning ;-))

12 Sep 2010 8:04am

@Richard: Thanks Richard. I'm glad you like it.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow... what a special dragonfly ! I've never seen bi-colored wings like this. Perfect focus and great POV, you're doing a great job in identifying them too. This must not be as easy as it seems...
Have a wonderful day Julie :)

12 Sep 2010 9:09am

@Tamara: Thank you Tamara. I had never seen one before either, but apparently it is a common dragonfly.

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

I see what you mean about the wings, but I like them as they are here. Streamlined look. Easy to see where it got its name.

12 Sep 2010 9:58am

@Anita: Thanks Anita. It is rather colorful.


Superbe macro!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

12 Sep 2010 11:05am

@BOCCONE CLAIRE: Thank you for the comment, Claire. Greetings from America.

Paul from summerside, Canada

Nice close up

12 Sep 2010 12:56pm

@Paul: Thanks Paul.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

This is a particularly beautiful dragonfly. The colors and pattern are unique! A wonderful picture !

12 Sep 2010 12:56pm

@Loner: Thank you Sonja.

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Actually, this affords a very unique perspective. Very well done,

12 Sep 2010 12:58pm

@Larry Elkins: Thank you for pointing that out, Larry.

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Very fitting name. Great light and detail.

12 Sep 2010 2:46pm

@Andrea: It is a great name, isn't it? Thanks Andrea!

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great close up :)

12 Sep 2010 3:43pm

@Shahryar: Thank you for your comment, Shahryar.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

what a beautiful specimen!
that rich tones are fantastic, very well done Julie!

12 Sep 2010 6:25pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you Daniela.

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Stunning shot! Love the color and details! Very unique shot!

12 Sep 2010 6:32pm

@Wild Mustang Photography: Thanks Pam. I do like the perspective, just wanted to show more of the wings.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very cool. He looks like a little helicopter.

12 Sep 2010 6:57pm

@B. Thomas: It does! Thanks, Barbara.

wolfen from Villefranche s/s, France

Une macro exceptionnnelle !!!
5 *****

12 Sep 2010 9:16pm

@wolfen: Merci, wolfen.

Céline from New York City, United States

Great shot !

12 Sep 2010 11:34pm

@Céline: Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

This is a 5+ composition. Very clear, very colorful.. well arranged.. good job!

13 Sep 2010 12:46am

@Dutçh: Thanks Dutch. I appreciated that.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

whoa! perfect shot! very well focused with excellent DOF and very sharp details!

13 Sep 2010 4:27am

@DarkElf: Thank you!

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

oh wow.. this is superb. love the clarity and composition. 5*

13 Sep 2010 4:24pm

@Sarito: Thank you Sarito.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Wow you made the front page here too, again. I love this and I agree with Larry, I really like the perspective Julie. The background really supports and enhances Mr or MS Halooween's costume colors too! Dragonflies are so amazing. This is beautiful Julie!!

13 Sep 2010 8:19pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you Denny. I am much more cognizant of my backgrounds than I used to be.

Johan Dierckx from Wijnegem, Belgium

That is the most wonderful colored draganfly pattern I've seen so far. Very nice POV and DOF on this one, Julie.

14 Sep 2010 10:23pm

@Johan Dierckx: Apparently it is rather widespread across the eastern US. Do you have any similar species in Belgium?

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Love the dragonfly, this is sooooo beautiful. 5*

17 Sep 2010 12:53pm

@Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤: Thank you Patricia. Sorry I missed your comment initially.

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Beautiful realization ... Very nice photo ... congratulations

21 Oct 2010 9:42am

@mimicy: Thank you, I am glad that you like the image.

Babzy from Besançon, France

great macro !

28 May 2011 11:14am

Canon EOS 40D
1/400 second
ISO 500
300 mm

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