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Striped Saddlebags (Tramea darwini) by Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett
Compare with: Carolina Saddlebags   Red Saddlebags  
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distribution Breeds north only to the southern half of TX. However, it strays somewhat regularly to the East Coast of the United States. There are now records for seven NC counties -- Durham, Gates, Currituck, Dare, Carteret, Onslow, and Brunswick.
abundance Formerly a very rare stray to the coast and lower Coastal Plain of NC, but increasing in records in the past few years (due to more observers?); now a rare coastal stray/visitor. Accidental inland (Durham County).
flight Only in late summer and fall. The NC records occur between 9 August and 29 October. Many of the flight dates are from Merchants Millpond State Park in Gates County in 2014.
habitat In NC, the species can occur anywhere, primarily near the coast, as it is a stray.
behavior As with other saddlebags, adults spend most of the time in flight, perching infrequently. They often hover or glide, with seemingly little effort. Owing to the dark patch on the wings near the body, and its habit of flying at eye level or above, it could easily be overlooked as another saddlebags species or a Spot-winged Glider.
comments This is a rare migrant/stray. Harry LeGrand, Jeff Pippen, and Ricky Davis saw one on 29 October 2006 at a golf course just north of Calabash (Brunswick County). Fortunately, it perched briefly, and Pippen and Davis got recognizable photos to document the record. Floyd and Signa Williams saw and netted two individuals (at least) over a two-day period in late August 2014 at Merchants Millpond State Park, obtaining several photos for confirmation. However, the observations did not stop there; they noted up to three at that site well into October! Conrad and Alyssa Wernett netted and photographed one, an adult male, at a man-made pond in Onslow County in 2018. John Petranka and Sally Gewalt photographed another adult male in nearby Carteret County, also in 2018. Brian Bockhahn photographed another in 2018, at Jockeys Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks of Dare County. Duncan Cuyler is responsible for the other records, collecting one in Durham County and two in Currituck County.

NOTE: The scientific name was changed in early 2021 from Tramea calverti to Tramea darwini.
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synonym Tramea calverti
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-15 16:55:46

Photo Gallery for Striped Saddlebags   11 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: B. Bockhahn

Comment: Dare; OBU, 2018-10-18, Jockeys Ridge State Park
Photo 2 by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Gates, 2018-10-11, Merchants Millpond State Park - Possibly 3
Photo 3 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt.

Comment: Carteret, 2018-08-24, Fort Macon State Park (FOMA). Wetland adjacent to Yarrow's Loop nature trail. - Male.
Photo 4 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt.

Comment: Carteret, 2018-08-24, Fort Macon State Park (FOMA). Wetland adjacent to Yarrow's Loop nature trail. - Male.
Photo 5 by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2018-08-18, Retention pond behind Circle-K, US Hwy 17N, Jacksonville - Single male netted on low perch and photographed
Photo 6 by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Gates, 2014-09-06, Merchants Millpond State Park - Caught and photographed
Photo 7 by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Gates, 2014-08-26, Merchants Millpond State Park - One perched for an extended time and allowed some more photos to be taken. Observed two flying within twenty feet of each other one time.
Photo 8 by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Gates, 2014-08-24, Merchants Millpond State Park - Caught one, observed another
Photo 9 by: F. Williams, S. Williams

Comment: Gates, 2014-08-24, Merchants Millpond State Park - Caught one, observed another
Photo 10 by: J. Pippen

Comment: Brunswick, 2006-10-29. with Harry LeGrand. Note the dark band paralleling the body at the base of the hindwing and amber coloration in the wing veins. Superficially similar to Hyacinth Glider, but Striped Saddlebags is larger, lacks a dorsal black stripe on the abdomen, and has a different thorax pattern.
Photo 11 by: J. Pippen

Comment: Brunswick, 2006-10-29. with Harry LeGrand. Note two pale thorax stripes on this dragon which was about the same size as, and a tad darker amber than, a Wandering Glider. In flight, the overall coloration was a tad darker amber than a glider.