The Calico Pennant is one of the fanciest dragonflies around. Males are black and red with intricate red and yellow wing markings and red heart shaped top spots on their black abdomen. Females and immature males look similar except that they are primarily yellow and black instead of red and black
Often found in grassy fields near the water. Both males and females frequently perch horizontally from the tops of grasses, weeds, twigs, rushes or other vegetation. When perched in this manner they look similar to flags or pennants which is how this genus (Celithemis) got its common name (Pennant)
Clear ponds and lakes with marshy or boggy edges and a lot of vegetation
Mating takes around 5 minutes and usually take place away from the water, usually in grassy fields not far from the water. After mating pair flies in tandem to the water to la the eggs. Occasionally the female will continue to lay eggs alone after the male has released her
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