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Black Saddlebags

Tramea lacerata


Dark gray/black dragonfly with the rear wings having a black pattern resembling saddlebags. It was flying about 5 meters overhead catching prey one evening. It was there for about 30 minutes and never landed. The last image is right before it caught a huge insect then quickly let it go.


Flying above the backyard pool and pond.

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I do love the challenge of photography and identification :) Good luck on your next outing!

Thank you for thinking of me for the ID! That image was a bit tricky but the location and markings on the wing led me to that ID.

Geodialist 9 years ago

The "rainpool gliders" (two species in particular) are equally challenging to shoot in flight. I spent the better part of two recent photowalks trying to capture 'em with virtually nothing to show for my efforts! Thanks for the quick ID of the unknown spotting. I think it's important to help the newcomers whenever possible.

Thank you, Geodialist! This one was tricky to catch. They're so darn fast and change direction constantly when hunting.

I'll check out the link now :)

Geodialist 9 years ago

Good catch, CBK! Black Saddlebags tend to fly more than perch. Unrelated topic: You know the western dragons better than me. Would you take a look at an unknown spotting posted by a first-time PN spotter to see whether you can ID the red dragon? Thanks!

Thank you Bernadette :)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Nice! I like the moon in the last image, too.

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Jul 26, 2012
Submitted on Jul 31, 2012

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