BLACK SADDLEBAGS (Tramea lacerata)

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  • flier
  • medium size (length 2 inches, wingspread 3 inches)
  • black all over
  • female and immature with yellow spot on S7
  • broad black “saddle” at base of hindwing

Black Saddlebags (3D image)

Individuals move north from tropics during summer, breeding along the way. Migratory flights south in fall, presumably their offspring but poorly known. Also resident populations.

SIMILAR SPECIES

SIMILAR TROPICAL SPECIES

  • Sooty Saddlebags (Tramea binotata) – slightly smaller, black hindwing patches much narrower
  • Marl Pennant (Macrodiplax balteata) – percher, male black with smaller hindwing patches; female quite different

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