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Adult males have red heart-shaped markings on the dorsal side of the abdomen that is yellow in the females. Distinctive wing pattern, bold heart-shaped marks on abdomen, becoming bright red in mature male. This is a juvenile or immature male, where the color pattern has not yet red. Length is 3.0 cm. Thanks to Geodialist for the assistance on determining the sex of this dragonfly.
Ponds, lakes with marshy borders of Eastern and central North America. This one was photographed in the midlands of South Carolina in Edgefield County.
March to October in much of ranger, June to August in north. Predatory, forages in fields, perching on the tips of plants, as do other pennants. Males are not territorial, perch along edges of ponds, on the lookout for incoming females. Pairs perch on vegetation near water while mating, oviposit as a pair.
Spotted on Aug 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 19, 2013
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