Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Red Saddlebags

I photographed this female Red Saddlebags on Sunday in Carleton College's arboretum. This dragonfly gets its name from the red wing-bases, which you can see in a male saddlebags in the third photograph that I took last March in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. The species is found across much of North America, and south into northern South America. Red Saddlebags are less common in the north, but are known from southern Minnesota. This year saddlebags are appearing here in record numbers. Global warming? Natural cycles?

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