BANDED PENNANT & Calico Pennant
Male Calico Pennant. The males are a gorgeous red color. They are sometimes confused with Red or Carolina Saddlebags, but Calicos are smaller and have more spots on their wings.
Banded Pennant. This species is similar to the Halloween Pennant, but Banded Pennants have clear wings with black spots (no yellow or orange color). Banded Pennants were uncommon in our area until recently, but they might be increasing their presence. There is a good population at Germantown MetroPark, and I have also found Banded Pennants at Caesar Creek and Crain's Run Nature Park. Also, in 2018, I found several individuals at Spring Lakes Park in Bellbrook - the first time I have seen Banded Pennants at that location.
This is a shimmery, teneral Banded Pennant, photographed at Germantown MetroPark. Females have yellow spots on the abdomen. Banded Pennants fly in June and July.
This is a shimmery, teneral Calico Pennant that has just emerged at Oakes Quarry.
Calico Pennants are fond of perching at the top of a grass stem or other short plant (such as English Plantain) and letting their wings flutter in the breeze.
Calico Pennants usually fly from late May through September (with stragglers into October). My personal early and late dates are May 17 and October 19th.
Female Calico Pennant. The females are patterned like the males, but they are yellow rather than red.
Calico Pennants are fairly widespread at ponds and shallow wetlands. Cox Arboretum, Germantown MetroPark, Grant Park in Centerville, and Oakes Quarry in Fairborn are all good places to look for them.