Battle-scarred Black Saddlebags

The following photos show a battle-scarred Black Saddlebags dragonfly (Tramea lacerata) spotted alongside the boardwalk in the central wetland area hemi-marsh at Huntley Meadows Park on 12 September 2014. This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages.

It is uncommon to see the broad-winged skimmers from the genus Tramea perching. Dragonflies are classified as either “fliers” or “perchers,” based upon their feeding habits. Black Saddlebags are fliers.

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)

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

Editor’s Note: Several photos in this set look similar, although each photo is slightly different from the others. I thought about posting only the three best photos, in my opinion; decided to use the shotgun strategy instead. Which three photos would you choose?

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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3 Responses to “Battle-scarred Black Saddlebags”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    I don’t know if he was tired or just felt like perching for a change, but it looks like this dragonfly was amazingly cooperative in giving you multiple opportunities to get some wonderful shots.

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