Black Saddlebags

Subject: Dragonfly is help
Location: Denver, CO
September 10, 2016 10:39 am
This was on my raspberry bush in Dwnver this morning. Do you know what type of dragonfly it is?
Signature: Thank you,

Black Saddlebags
Black Saddlebags

We believe, based on this BugGuide image, that your Dragonfly is a Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata.  According to BugGuide:  “Large dark ‘saddlebags’ on hindwings distinctive. Could be confused with Carolina or Red Saddlebags in poor light. Flies constantly, often gliding, perches infrequently.”  We suspect it is significant that your image was taken in the morning, before this Dragonfly warmed up and began flying.  You most likely captured the image after its nightly rest.

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