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  • Red Saddlebags - (Tramea onusta)

    Red Saddlebags - (Tramea onusta)

    The fiery red patches on the hindwings of the Red Saddlebags, fast-flying Skimmer, are flashy and bright, making it easier to spot.

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    Staff Writer (1/30/2017): Skimmers are a group of dragonfly that are commonly found across the continent. They come in a variety of colors. Red Saddlebags skimmers have roundish red patches of color on their transparent wings. The placement and shape of these patches resemble saddlebags carried by horses or mules. Males have a red body (abdomen) while females have an orange-brown body. Males are territorial and fly the perimeter to check boundaries for infringement.

    Like most skimmers, they circulate near slow-moving water: ponds, creeks, small streams, lagoons and lakes. Females lay fertilized eggs in the water. The hatchlings look very different from their adult form and are called naiads. They eat insects and other aquatic animals until they are ready to molt into their winged adult form. Adults are most active from late spring to mid-autumn. Warmer climates will see longer spans of activity than colder ones.

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    Red Saddlebags

    Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
    Common name: Red Saddlebags
    Scientific Name: Tramea onusta
    Other Names: Red-Mantled Saddlebags

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Odonata
          Family: Libellulidae
           Genus: Tramea
            Species: onusta

    Size (Adult, Length): 39mm to 46mm (1.54in to 1.81in)

    Identifying Colors: red, brown, black

    Additional Descriptors: fire, spots, ruby, garnet, patches, fast, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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