Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph a mesmerizing creature known as the Halloween Pennant Dragonfly. This unique species derives its name from both its seasonal appearance and the distinct shape of its wings, resembling a fluttering pennant flag. Join me on a journey to discover more about this captivating dragonfly that graces the landscapes of North America, particularly during the fall season.

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Encounter at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge:
While exploring one of the service roads at the picturesque Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I was fortunate enough to spot a tiny Halloween Pennant Dragonfly. These enchanting insects are often found near bodies of water, making the refuge an ideal habitat for them. As I approached quietly, camera in hand, I marveled at the vivid colors adorning its delicate frame.

Distinctive Features and Behavior:
The Halloween Pennant Dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) showcases a striking combination of bright orange and black hues, making it instantly recognizable and captivating to behold. Its vibrant coloration serves as a natural defense mechanism, warding off potential predators. To differentiate between genders, one can observe the red coloring on the outer edges of the wings, a characteristic commonly seen in males.

These agile dragonflies are particularly active during the fall season, earning them their Halloween-inspired name. Fluttering gracefully over bodies of water, they display an intricate aerial dance, their wings casting mesmerizing shadows on the surface below. It is during this time that the Halloween Pennant Dragonflies indulge in their preferred diet of smaller insects such as mosquitoes and flies, making them an ally in maintaining the balance of ecosystems.

A Glimpse of the Female:
Back in 2008, I managed to capture an image of what I believe to be a female (Dragonfly Perched On Stem). In this photograph, you can observe her perched delicately on a stem, her wings featuring a more subtle amber shade. While the female lacks the vibrant red accents seen on the male, she possesses a unique charm and elegance of her own.

Conservation and Appreciation:
The Halloween Pennant Dragonfly, like many other dragonfly species, plays a crucial role in maintaining the ecological equilibrium. As voracious predators of smaller insects, they contribute to the natural control of populations that could otherwise become pests. Unfortunately, habitat loss, water pollution, and climate change pose significant threats to dragonfly populations worldwide. By highlighting their beauty and importance, we can raise awareness and encourage conservation efforts to protect these mesmerizing creatures.

Encountering the Halloween Pennant Dragonfly in its natural habitat was a truly magical experience. Its seasonal appearance and distinct wing shape make it a species worth celebrating. By capturing their captivating beauty through my camera lens, I hope to inspire others to appreciate the intricacies of the natural world and join the efforts to protect these remarkable dragonflies for generations to come.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: August 25, 2020 (07:35:29 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f8.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 360 mm

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