Red Saddlebags, Tramea onusta
An Odonata Saga
by Troy Mullens
Yesterday, there came a rap, rap, rap at my door,
I said, “Who is that forevermore”.
It was my neighbor with wide eyes,
He said, “Come look at the skies.”
We rushed over to look at the view,
He said, “I’ve seen something new.”
The words just flew out of my mouth,
“It’s a swarm of Dragonflies, heading South!”
He had watered his lawn that morning and the grass was still damp. I guess the migrating Dragonflies could sense the moisture. It looked like a mixed swarm, but I could only catch one. They were nervous, high and really moving fast. In addition to the Red Saddlebags, it looked like there were some darker Carolina Saddlebags with more extensive red/brown on the wings and some golden Wandering Gliders.
The neighbor was really relieved that his lawn was not being invaded by some serious pest. he had never seen Dragonflies migrate and was not even aware of such a phenomenon.
I also received a phone call from my brother yesterday saying that he had seen hundreds of dragonflies at a local park in Ft. Worth.
A lateral view showing the limited black on segements 8 and 9 (diagnostic).
Thanks to Ted C. MacRae for helping me with a photo link problem in WordPress.
Visit his great Insect Site at ‘Beetles in the Bush‘.
A professional entomologist with clear and interesting writing.
Hope you enjoyed the little excercise.
PS: leave a comment and read the comments of the previous post to see other great guesses. (not an Egyptian Goddess or a shrimp caught in a net.)
Photographs: Canon G10, Macro mode, ISO 100