The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2018 = 92

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Carolina Saddlebags by Mark Shields
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sciName Tramea carolina
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distribution Statewide, with only three counties (two in the mountains) lacking records. Obviously occurs in all 100 counties.
abundance Common and widespread in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont, and can be very common at times in the Coastal Plain, especially close to the coast. Fairly common in the mountains.
flight In the Coastal Plain, it flies almost throughout the odonate flight season -- very late March to mid-November; however, not numerous in the spring. In the Piedmont, it also begins in late March, but the latest date is just mid-October. In the mountains, it has also been seen as early as late March, but the last date is in late September.
habitat Breeds at ponds, lakes, marshes, and other open, still waters.
behavior Males are often seen flying over ponds and lake margins, usually higher above water than other species, and perching on twigs farther from shore than most species. Adults are most frequently seen in gliding flight well above head height, typically 8-15' off the ground, usually over open country. They seemingly can stay airborne for an hour or longer, and observers often get impatient waiting for such an individual to come to a perch.
comments This and the Black Saddlebags are frequently seen gliding over one's head when an observer is walking near the beach, or in a field, or in an open garden, or near a large pond. The two can be difficult to distinguish until they appear in front of a dark background and the observer can see the abdomen color (or the large pale abdomen spot of the Black Saddlebags). This species is partially migratory, as large numbers can at times be seen along the coast in fall.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Carolina Saddlebags

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: R. Emmitt

Comment: male, Emmitt Pond 2004-06-09
Photo by: Randy Newman

Comment: Fort Macon State Park, 2004-09-02
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-07-10, Imaged at Fletcher Park Pond - M & F
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-07-10, Imaged at Fletcher Park Pond - M & F
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2011-07-15, Alligator River NWR - Common on Long Curve Road, always perching on top of last year cattail stalks
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2011-06-30, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, male
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2012-03-30, Fletcher Park
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-04-14, Owen Park, Warren Wilson College
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-04-14, Owen Park, Warren Wilson College
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2013-08-09, The pond and the areas around the pond were quite actively patrolled by a host of dragonflies.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2014-06-29, - Pairs at retention pond, both males and females in front yard flying
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett, Matt Anderson

Comment: Richmond; C, 2015-05-03, - Never uncommon, several spotted at various sandhill bodies of water.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; OBM, 2015-06-10, Buxton Woods Trail
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2015-07-01, Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2015-08-06, Carolina Beach State Park - 3 at Lily Pond, 1 along Cape Fear River near marina
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-09-01, Holly Shelter Game Land
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-11-16, Stones Creek Game Land - female ovipositing
Photo by: Newman, Randy

Comment: Carteret, 2003-06-26, FOMA - Common flying around outer fort walls.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2016-11-19, limesink ponds at Carolina Beach State Park
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2014-06-07, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2015-11-06, Stones Creek Game Land
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-07, Horseshoe Lake, Suggs Mill Pond Game Land
Photo by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin

Comment: Yancey, 2017-05-16, Breeding in permanent pond near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, Little Glade Mill Pond, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-09-16, Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve, Winnabow
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2017-09-22, Pond and ditch beside Quiet Water Drive, Chinquapin
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-09-30, Carolina Beach State Park (CABE) bioblitz
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-10-03, Brock Mill Pond, Trenton
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2018-04-03, Bear Crek Gamelands & Redmond pond - Female, gamelands
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2018-04-03, Bear Crek Gamelands & Redmond pond - Female, Bear Creek gamelands
Photo by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2018-04-13, - Cruising in wetland near Little Tennessee River
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Clay, 2018-05-12, Beaver pond Buck Creek Road - Male and Female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Beaufort, 2018-05-25, Voice of America Game Land - female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Pond beside Breedlove Road, 5 km northeast of Cashiers
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Transylvania, 2018-06-27, Gorges State Park (GORG) - males patrolling over Raymond Fisher Pond