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
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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