Halloween Pennant dragonfly (young male)
A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) was spotted at Meadowood Recreation Area (MRA). This individual is a young male, as indicated by its coloration, hamules, and terminal appendages.
The coloration of immature male Halloween Pennants is similar to females of the same species: as males mature, their coloration (including the pterostigmata) darkens slowly to orange-red; this “young male” is at a stage between female- and male coloration.
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Tags: Celithemis eponina, Halloween Pennant dragonfly, Meadowood Recreation Area, Skimmer Family, terminal appendages, wildlife photography, young male