Black Saddlebags dragonflies (males, in flight)

The following photographs show two Black Saddlebags dragonflies (Tramea lacerata) spotted in flight over the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park on 25 July 2014.

Both individuals are males, as indicated by the hamules that are visible below the second segment of their abdomen. Remember that all dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back. Digital Dragonflies features a side view of a male Black Saddlebags in which the hamules are shown clearly.

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male, in flight)

Black Saddlebags is one of at least five major species of dragonflies known to be migratory in North America. See interactive three-dimensional (3-D) virtual imagery of the five migratory dragonflies, including Black Saddlebags, provided by the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership.

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male, in flight)

Related Resources: Digital Dragonflies, presenting high-resolution digital scans of living dragonflies.

  • Genus Tramea | Tramea lacerata | Black Saddlebags | male | top view
  • Genus Tramea | Tramea lacerata | Black Saddlebags | male | side view
  • Genus Tramea | Tramea lacerata | Black Saddlebags | female | top view
  • Genus Tramea | Tramea lacerata | Black Saddlebags | female | side view

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Black Saddlebags dragonflies (males, in flight)”

  1. Saddlebags in the air | Mike Powell Says:

    […] water) and some of them even migrate. I was alerted to their presence at my local marsh by a recent posting by a local dragonfly expert and fellow photographer Walter Sanford, so yesterday I kept one eye to […]

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