BANDED PENNANT & Calico Pennant

Male Calico Pennant. The males are a gorgeous red color. They are sometimes confused with Red or Carolina Saddlebags, but Calico Pennants are smaller and have more spots on their wings. 

Male Banded Pennant. Banded Pennants have clear wings with black spots. There is no yellow or orange color, as in the similar Halloween Pennant. 

This is a shimmery, teneral Banded Pennant, photographed at Germantown MetroPark. Banded Pennants fly from June through August. 

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 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. 

Male Banded Pennant obelisking. Banded Pennants were uncommon in our area until recently, but there are signs they might be increasing their presence. There is a good population at Germantown MetroPark, and I have also found Banded Pennants at Caesar Creek, Crain's Run Nature Park, and Spring Lakes Park in Bellbrook. In 2020, I found them at two other new locations - Cox Arboretum and Huffman Prairie. 

This is a mature female Banded Pennant, photographed at Huffman Prairie. 

Another newly-emerged Calico Pennant. I could photograph teneral dragonflies all day.  I love the iridescent wings. 

This is a younger Banded Pennant. Younger males have red eyes and yellow spots on the abdomen that will fade with maturity. 

Mated pair of Banded Pennants at Germantown MetroPark.