Red Saddlebags Tramea onusta Hagen, 1861    Synonyms: Red-mantled Saddlebags.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Libellulidae   >   Genus Tramea   


Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta) is found widely through much of the Great Plains and west, and the portions of the southeast, but it is very sparce on much of the Atlantic coast. This dragonfly, like others in the genus Tramea is a phenomenal disperser, and it may appear hundreds of miles from usual areas of occurrence. Within the core range, Red Saddlebags breeds in shallower ponds and lakes, and may be more reliant on fishless seasonal pools than Carolina Saddlebags (Paulson, 2011). There are records from five counties in central Maryland, and from Worcester Co. This dragonfly has not been confirmed to breed in Maryland, and all sightings are presumed to be vagrants or transients (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

There are 11 records in the project database.

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A Red Saddlebags at the Germantown Soccerplex, Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/30/2012). Per Dave: "A scarce but annual (?) visitor to Maryland. The Soccerplex pond had been dry, just filled with rain. Some less common for the county odonates, such as Carolina Saddlebags and Double-ringed Pennant, suddenly 'discovered' the pond." Photo by Dave Czaplak. (MBP list)

An immature male Red Saddlebags in Howard Co., Maryland (10/2/1999). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

An immature male Red Saddlebags in Howard Co., Maryland (10/2/1999). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Red Saddlebags near Tucson, Arizona (8/2/2008). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Red Saddlebags near Lithia, Florida (5/31/2011). Photo by Dan Irizarry. (MBP list)

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