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Of Predators, Sidewalks and Black Saddlebags...

A female Tramea lacerata or black saddlebags dragonfly, on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. Shortly after this image was taken, it flew. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's always a good day when you encounter a dragonfly on Main Street USA. Such was the case on Wednesday, July 17 when seemingly out of nowhere, a shiny Tramea lacerata "black saddlebags" appeared in front of me on the sidewalk fronting the Vacaville...

A female Tramea lacerata or black saddlebags dragonfly, on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. Shortly after this image was taken, it flew. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female Tramea lacerata or black saddlebags dragonfly, on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. Shortly after this image was taken, it flew. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female Tramea lacerata or black saddlebags dragonfly, on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. Shortly after this image was taken, it flew. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ms. Black Saddlebags Dragonfly Pays a Visit

Dorsal view of a black saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) dragonfly warming her flight muscles. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So there she was, flattened out on the patio on Mother's Day, and barely moving. Vito, our curious canine, paused, sniffed, and then walked away. He was not at all interested. But I was. This was a first--the first time I've seen a black saddlebags...

Dorsal view of a black saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) dragonfly warming her flight muscles. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dorsal view of a black saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) dragonfly warming her flight muscles. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dorsal view of a black saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) dragonfly warming her flight muscles. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:17 PM
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