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  Carolina Saddlebags
            Tramea carolina (Linnaeus, 1763)

Species distribution map

Range & Habitat:

Found primarily in the coastal plain but may occur throughout the state, especially in occasional eruptions.

Breeds in clear ponds, lakes and slow streams

Carolina Saddlebags male dorsal 

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Description:

A large, bright red gliding dragonfly, recognizable by the large red basal patches at the base of the hindwing.  If seen closely, the "forehead" is metallic violet

The similar Red & Striped Saddlebags are rare vagrants to NJ, see the respective species accounts for differences.

 

Conservation Status:

State: S4S5B, SZN - A secure breeder, also an irruptive vagrant

Global: G5 - Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range

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Flight season:

Early Date: 4/30
Late Date: 9/29

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Flight Season

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Number of Records
16 
1 1 6 16 9 4
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Months

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Date, distribution, and status data courtesy of Allen Barlow, NJOS

2006 Jim Bangma, NJOS  Comments or suggestions?  Use the Feedback Form