This dragonfly is 24 to 34 millimeters long, with a hindwing 25 to 30 millimeters long. It can be identified by the brown spots at the bases and tips of the wings. The pterostigma is yellow in younger individuals, and red in older. The face is yellow, turning red in older male specimens. The thorax is yellow-brown with a large dark stripe and several smaller brown stripes. The abdomen is dark with paler markings.
This species lives near calm water bodies surrounded by vegetation.
- NatureServe. (2015). Celithemis elisa, NatureServe Explorer. Version 7.1. Accessed: February 7, 2016.
- Celithemis elisa. Odonata Central.