Black Saddlebags

Black saddlebags dragonfly perched on an upright twig
Scientific Name
Tramea lacerata
Libellulidae (skimmers) in the order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

The black saddlebags is a dragonfly with memorable markings. Two dark blotches on each hindwing, positioned close to the body, look like saddlebags. This skimmer species typically stays in flight and rarely perches for long.

Learn more about this and other dragonflies on their group page.

Other Common Names
Saddlebags Skimmer
Length: 1½–2¼ inches.
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