Halloween Pennant cleaning her eye. by William Brennan

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The Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) is a medium sized dragonfly which occurs across most of the eastern U.S. It is a striking dragonfly, one of the most beautiful in the country; is hard to misidentify with its orange and black wings. Males are not territorial, perch near edge of ponds, waiting for incoming females. Mating typically takes place in the morning. Oviposition is in tandem. Frequently seen perched on weeds in fields as it forages, pivoting with the wind. I found this female on a twig in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ. She was completely oblivious to my presence for the most part. I was actually petting her at one point and she landed on my finger for a few seconds. She is VERY TINY! About 1.5 inches long at best. :)

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I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 4 years ago


  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartover 4 years ago

    Congratulations..your work has been featured in the World Wildlife Photography Group

  • Very cool!! Thanks so much for the feature! :)

    – William Brennan

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Paul Revans
    Paul Revansover 4 years ago

    Stunning love ordonata family, got a few of my own. I know how patient you have to be to get shots like this.
    I take my hat off to you sir.
    Thanks for the comments, if you want to see some UK shots of this family there are in my account.

    Have a fine day.

  • You’re welcome Paul. Thanks for stopping by my page. Actually, the pennant didn’t make me work for these shots at all. I actually got her to land on my finger for a few seconds as well. It was very unafraid.

    – William Brennan

  • DJ LeMay
    DJ LeMayover 4 years ago


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