Excerpts from Jim Conrad's
|from the October 30, 2011 Newsletter issued from Mayan Beach Garden Inn 20 kms
north of Mahahual, Quintana Roo, México
Beside the mangroves a curious dragonfly perched, seen below:
The black items midway the dragonfly's body are what's unusual. From below they looked like little black bundles attached to the abdomen, though up close you can see that they're just darkly pigmented cells at the bases of otherwise transparent wings. Volunteer identifier Bea in Ontario figured out that this is a kind of "saddlebag glider," a glider being a kind of dragonfly.
My first guess was that it was the Red Saddlebags, Tramea onusta, but Paul in Mérida wrote convincing me that it's probably the Striped Saddlebags, TRAMEA CALVERTI. Paul writes: