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Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta)

Arthropoda > Insecta > Odonata > Libellulidae

A common medium-sized species found throughout Southern California and the American southwest extending into South America, typically by shallow lakes and ponds from February to November. The adult males are red with a distinct broad red "saddle mark" at the base of the hindwing; the females are a paler brown-orange. Black Saddlebags are similar but larger and black-bodied; the rare Striped Saddlebags (Tramea calverti), which has only been recorded 14 times in California, is also very similar but with 2 pale stripes on the side of the thorax.

1. Abbott, J.C. 2006-2015. OdonataCentral: An online resource for the distribution and identification of Odonata. Available at
2. Biggs, Kathy. California Dragonflies and Damselflies

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