Carolina Saddlebags - Tramea carolina (Linnaeus, 1763)

Range & Habitat:

Found primarily in the coastal plain but may occur throughout the state, especially in occasional eruptions.

Breeds in clear ponds, lakes and slow streams.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 30 April
Late Date: 29 September

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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A large, bright red gliding dragonfly, recognizable by the large red basal patches at the base of the hindwing. If seen closely, the "forehead" is metallic violet.

The similar Red & Striped Saddlebags are rare vagrants to NJ, see the respective species accounts for differences.

Conservation Status:
State: S4S5B, SZN A secure breeder, also an irruptive vagrant
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range