Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)

When I’m walking in/out of the wildlife watching parks that I like to visit some people ask, “Did you see/take photographs of anything good?” In my experience, their idea of “anything good” is either birds or large mammals. But if you take the time to look closely at the natural world then you will see smaller things that are easy to overlook, such as dragonflies and damselflies. And if you’re lucky, one of these magnificent animals will let you get close enough to see their breathtaking beauty!

A Black Saddlebags dragonfly (Tramea lacerata) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. [*]

10 OCT 2016 | Huntley Meadows Park | Black Saddlebags (male)

Black Saddlebags dragonfly (Tramea lacerata) was spotted near a vernal pool in a remote location at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a male, as indicated by his terminal appendages.

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3 Responses to “Black Saddlebags dragonfly (male)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Beautiful shot, Walter. It’s really rare, in my experience, to catch a Black Sadddlebags perching–usually I see them flying overhead.

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks, Mike! I think he’s an immature- to young male, as indicated by the yellow markings on his abdomen. If I’m right, that would explain why he was hiding in the grasses near the vernal pool.

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