Monday, September 6, 2021

Black Saddlebags

Black Saddlebags are named for the black splotches at the bases of their hind wings. Erika and I found this one at Capitol Lake on 2 September 2021. I am sure we’ve seen this species there in previous years. Earlier saddlebags never perched, so we lack photographs. This individual proved to be quite cooperative, repeatedly returning to the same nearby shrub. Black Saddlebags are common in the Columbia River Basin, where we previously photographed them, but they are local in western Washington lowlands (Paulson 2020, The Dragonflies (Odonata) Of Washington, unpublished manuscript). This migratory dragonfly is also found across most of the United States south through Mexico.

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