Calico Pennant, Celithemis elisa

The calico pennant (Celithemis elisa), also known as the Elisa pennant, is a species of dragonfly that can be found in North America. Its rage includes five provinces of Canada, including Nova Scotia and Ontario, and thirty-two states in America, including Maine and Texas. It can be found near lakes and ponds with abundant vegetation. This species can be seen between the months of May and August.

The calico pennant reaches an average body length of 1.2 inches and holds a varying color that is dependent upon the sex. Males hold red markings that resemble hearts on the upper side of the abdomen, while this same area is yellow in females. The wings hold three red spots at the tip, middle, and base areas. It is a common species that has no main threats and occurs in some protected areas, so it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.â€

Image Caption: Anisoptera (Dragonfly), Celithemis_elisa (Calico Pennant), photographed in the Town of Skaneateles, Onondaga County, New York. Credit: R. A. Nonenmacher/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)