similar to Red Saddlebags which is fairly common in the
southwest. It differs mainly by having the black on the final
segments of the abdomen going completely around the sides. The
"saddles" at the base of the hind wing are limited to a
fairly clean cut line that covers much less area. The sides of
the thorax have faint pale stripes which can be hard to see.
It is common and widespread in South and Central America. It
has been recorded in scattered places all across the United States
but mostly along the Mexican border.
photos represent the first record of Striped Saddlebags recorded in
the state of California.
This ode was the target species for Ode Blitz II in which a group of
enthusiasts and friends joined for a weekend of
chasing bugs with the intention of having fun and adding to the
odonate knowledge base. We stayed in Yuma, AZ and
focused on the California side of the Colorado River. The
following link goes to the website of Doug Aguillard
who was instrumental in founding and has put together a great
photographic story of Ode Blitz. sdbirds.basiclink.com/cal_odes.htm
Oct. 29 2006