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Black Saddlebags Skimmer Dragonfly

Dragonfly | Tramea lacerata

Entry Last Edited: 09/03/2022 | Content ©www.BugsOfTennessee.com

Insect Order (Odonata)

Order Odonata covers both Dragonflies and Damselflies and encompasses around 5,500 recognized species around the globe. Just over 450 of these can be found in North America. Both are common to the state of Tennessee and can be found near water sources, skimming about the surface or flying near shorelines. The creatures are exceptional flyers with tremendous agility and an inherent ability to hover. The insects are noted for their extremely slender bodies, usually vibrant coloring, and large compound eyes.


Other Names: "Jagged-edged Saddlebag Skimmer"

The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Tramea lacerata.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Tramea
Species: lacerata


Abdomen insect icon
Abdomen: Has a noticeably large / oversized abdomen.
Nocturnal insect icon
Nocturnal: Most likely to be spotted during night time hours.
Outdoor insect icon
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Six-Legged insect icon
Six-Legged: Six legs are common to this insect.
Warterborne insect icon
Waterborne: Is commonnly found near water or water sources.
Winged insect icon
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.


The Black Saddlebags Skimmer Dragonfly is also known by these other names:

Jagged-edged Saddlebag Skimmer

The Black Saddlebags Skimmer Dragonfly has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:

large    winged    wings    flying    flight    outdoors    black    gray    grey    transparent    abdomen    six-legged    water    pond    river    stream

Sighting Guide

The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.



Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Black Saddlebags Skimmer Dragonfly. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.

1.77 inches
(45 mm)
2.17 inches
(55 mm)

Identifying Colors

Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Black Saddlebags Skimmer Dragonfly. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.


Tennessee County Reach

The Black Saddlebags Skimmer Dragonfly can be found in the following Tennessee counties:

Anderson; Bedford; Benton; Bledsoe; Blount; Bradley; Campbell; Cannon; Carroll; Carter; Cheatham; Chester; Claiborne; Clay; Cocke; Coffee; Crockett; Cumberland; Davidson; De Kalb; Decatur; Dickson; Dyer; Fayette; Fentress; Franklin; Gibson; Giles; Grainger; Greene; Grundy; Hamblen; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardeman; Hardin; Hawkins; Haywood; Henderson; Henry; Hickman; Houston; Humphreys; Jackson; Jefferson; Johnson; Knox; Lake; Lauderdale; Lawrence; Lewis; Lincoln; Loudon; Macon; Madison; Marion; Marshall; Maury; McMinn; McNairy; Meigs; Monroe; Montgomery; Moore; Morgan; Obion; Overton; Perry; Pickett; Polk; Putnam; Rhea; Roane; Robertson; Rutherford; Scott; Sequatchie; Sevier; Shelby; Smith; Stewart; Sullivan; Sumner; Tipton; Trousdale; Unicoi; Union; Van Buren; Warren; Washington; Wayne; Weakley; White; Williamson; Wilson

Black Saddlebags Skimmer Dragonfly Picture (1)

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Image of an adult Black Saddlebags Skimmer Dragonfly flying insect at rest.; Credit: Matthew J. of Alabama.
This image is original to www.InsectIdentification.org; Used with Permission.

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