Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)

A Black Saddlebags dragonfly (Tramea lacerata) spotted in a field located approximately 100 yards from the shore of Accotink Bay. This individual is a male, as indicated by the secondary genitalia located on the underside of abdominal segments 2-3, and by the “claspers” (terminal appendages) at the end of its abdomen. Notice the hind wings of Black Saddlebags are broader than its fore wings, a characteristic of many migratory species of dragonflies.

Remember that all dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back.


Habitat: Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, a 1,200 acre preserve located at Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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