Halloween Pennant AND PAINTED SKIMMER

Male Halloween Pennant. These dragonflies are fairly common around ponds, lakes, and wetlands. They usually fly from June through September (with stragglers into early October). 

Painted Skimmers have an early flight period. They fly primarily in May and June. 

This is a teneral Painted Skimmer photographed at Oakes Quarry on June 22, 2018. I was surprised to find a teneral of this species at such a late date. 

Female Halloween Pennants are yellowish rather than orange. 

Halloween Pennants like to perch atop grass stems and let their wings flutter in the breeze. The orange and brown colors are what gives this species its name. 

This beautiful dragonfly is a Painted Skimmer. Cedar Bog has a good population of Painted Skimmers. This species is also partially migratory, and they had a banner year in 2018. I saw Painted Skimmers at Cox Arboretum (including the one at left), Oakes Quarry, Caesar Creek, and the Beavercreek Wildlife Area in 2018. Painted Skimmers can also be found along the bike path near Travertine Fen (the fen itself is not accessible without a permit).