Saddlebags Dragonfly | Cartwheel Bay (S.C.)

• Tramea carolina
• Large, dark markings at base of wings, when flying, look like saddlebags bouncing off Pony Express rider
• Red to red-brown body with olive-brown thorax
• Clear fore wings
• Hind wings clear with dark saddle mark
• Outer boundary jagged
• Veins red even in dark band
• Flies low over water and perches high up on bare branches
• Adult feeds on small flying insects and Naiad eats aquatic insects
• Habitats include broad, slow rivers with thick submerged vegetation


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