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Saddlebags

Saddlebags

genus: Tramea

Saddlebag Gliders

Seven species are known in North America.  These are medium to large sized dragonflies with red, black and brown coloration.  Wings are long and pointed, the hind ones are very wide across the base, and in some species marked with large basal spots resembling saddlebags, hence their common name "Saddlebag Gliders".  Head appears large.

The species is highly migratory. They are most commonly found flying high over nearby ponds, lakes, swamps, slow streams and temporary pools.

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