Carolina Saddlebags, Tramea carolina

The Carolina saddlebags (Tramea carolina) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in eastern areas of North America, with a range that extends from southern Nova Scotia in the north to Florida, Bermuda, and Texas. It prefers to reside near streams, ponds, lakes, and swamps. In Florida, it can be seen year-round, but in Canada, where it is colder, it can be seen between the months of May and August.

The Carolina saddlebags reaches an average body length between 1.8 to 2.1 inches and it varies slightly in color between the sexes. Males hold a bright red abdomen and face, with a forehead that is violet in color. Females have a reddish-brown abdomen with a violet head base. The wings of both males and females are transparent with brown markings appearing at the base of each wing. Adults can be seen perching on vegetation and hunting for insects in groups from the morning hours until the evening hours.

Image Caption: Tramea carolina. Credit: pondhawk/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)