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Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) by John Petranka
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distribution Essentially statewide, with only two widely scattered counties lacking records. Certainly present in all 100 counties.
abundance Common across the state, with abundance seemingly quite similar in each province. Statewide abundance is slightly less than that of the Carolina Saddlebags, but there are many more records of the Black Saddlebags for the mountains than there are for the Carolina Saddlebags. (The Carolina outnumbers the Black in the Coastal Plain.)
flight In the Coastal Plain, it ranges from early April (scarce before mid-May) to mid-November. The Piedmont flight is from late April to early November; the mountain flight is from mid-April to mid-October, but it is scarce in the spring.
habitat Ponds, lakes, marshes, and other still water in open places.
behavior Essentially the same as for Carolina Saddlebags. Usually seen in flight -- gliding or slowly flapping -- about 8-15 feet above ground, seldom coming to a perch.
comments If one were not aware that Black Saddlebags and Carolina Saddlebags were different species, an observer might think that Blacks are females of Carolinas, as the two species tend to be the same size, often fly together, and are similar in abundance. Exactly what micro-habitat, food items, etc., differentiate these two is not obvious. As with the Carolina, some individuals along the coast are probably migrants, but it is not nearly as numerous a fall migrant along the coast as is the Carolina.
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-10 16:00:50

Photo Gallery for Black Saddlebags   24 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Durham, 2021-09-16, Injured hindwing - 2804 Butner St, Durham
Photo 2 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-08, Winston Lake
Photo 3 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2018-06-22, Spring Creek Waterfowl Impoundment, Goose Creek Game Lands. First record for county.
Photo 4 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Currituck, 2018-06-09, pond at Currituck Community Park near Maple
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Edgecombe, 2018-05-25, Etheridge Pond, Tar River Game Land
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 7 by: J. Brown

Comment: Dare; OBU, 2017-07-25, Run Hill State Natural Area
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2017-07-14, New River, from confluence of Blue Creek to 6 km upstream, by kayak
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, Little Glade Mill Pond, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-09-11, Holly Shelter Game Land, feeding on gnats over Lodge Road
Photo 11 by: John Petranka

Comment: Carteret, 2016-09-11, Fort Macon State Park. Along Nature Trail Loop. Males.
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2016-09-09, Cabin Lake County Park
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hyde, 2015-07-08, Mattamuskeet NWR
Photo 14 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Cumberland, 2013-09-05, Rhodes Pond
Photo 15 by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-07-09, Beatty Park fields - 50/50 sun/shade - 90 degrees - light wind
Photo 16 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Durham, 2013-06-22, Brickhouse Road - male
Photo 17 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2012-08-31, Leach Pond, southern Madison County - Male & Female
Photo 18 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2012-08-31, Leach Pond, southern Madison County - Male & Female
Photo 19 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-09-04, Fletcher Park - Male & Female
Photo 20 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-14, Beaver Lake, Asheville
Photo 21 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2010-08-16, at the newly created Boone Greenway storm water wetlands project - first county record
Photo 22 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2010-08-16, at the newly created Boone Greenway storm water wetlands project - first county record
Photo 23 by: Betty Anderson

Comment: Wake, 2001-09-10, W.B. Umstead State Park
Photo 24 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2005-06-20, female