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Genus Tramea - Saddlebags

Carolina Saddlebags - Tramea carolina - female Tramea lacerata Black Saddlebags dragonfly - Tramea lacerata Carolina Saddlebags - Tramea carolina - male Carolina Saddlebags (Tramea carolina) - Tramea carolina Red Saddlebags? - Tramea carolina - female red dragonfly with solid pattern in wings - Tramea onusta Red Saddlebags - Tramea onusta Swarming Dragonfly - Tramea lacerata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Tramea (Saddlebags)
Other Common Names
Dancing Gliders (after oviposition technique)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tramea Hagen, 1861
Explanation of Names
The genus name Tramea is from the Latin verb trameo (infinitve trameare), a form of transmeo/transmeare, "to go over or through" (Fliedner and Martens, 2008; Latin Dictionary). Fliedner and Martens state that Hagen's original thought was to name the genus "trapezostigma" (after the trapezium-shaped pterostigma), but that he shortened it to a less unwieldy word in the actual publication describing the genus. Apparently the name Tramea refers both to the wandering ways of these dragonflies (trameo) and to the earlier proposed name, "trapezostigma".
7 North American species (1)
Body teardrop-shaped, hindwing large, resembling the rainpool gliders, Pantala.
Life Cycle
Dunkle, p. 217 (2) describes interesting reproductive behavior in this genus. Mating takes place while perched. Oviposition is unusual: Flying in tandem over water, male releases females head and she dips to oviposit. She flies back up and the male grasps her head again.
See Also
Rainpool gliders--Pantala
Print References
Dunkle, p. 217 (2)
Fliedner, H. and Martens, A. The meaning of the scientific names of Seychelles dragonflies (Odonata). Phelsuma 16 (2008); 49-57 (PDF)