Red-mantled saddlebags

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Red-mantled saddlebags
Red Saddlebags, female.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Tramea
T. onusta
Binomial name
Tramea onusta
(Hagen, 1861)

The red-mantled saddlebags or red saddlebags (Tramea onusta) is a species of skimmer dragonfly found throughout the eastern United States. It has translucent wings with red veins, and has characteristic dark red blotches at their proximal base, which makes the dragonfly look as if it is carrying saddlebags when flying. The last two bands and the cerci of these dragonflies are black.[2]

While male red-mantled saddlebags have a distinct red body, females will typically have light brown or pale orange bodies, as well as lighter white and brown eyes.


  1. ^ Paulson, D. R. 2017. Tramea onusta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T164982A65823526. Accessed on 21 September 2022.
  2. ^ Dunkle, Sidney W. (2000). Dragonflies through Binoculars. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 219. ISBN 0-19-511268-7.

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