The Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) is one of the skimmer dragonfly species that are found throughout North America. He gets its name from its distinctive wings with characteristic black blotches at the proximal end, making the dragonfly appear as it is swearing saddlebags. Black Saddlebags of found out through much of Mexico and the United States as far north as Maine, northernmost Vermont, and Montana. It ranges self to Baja California and is also found on the Hawaiian Islands the Florida Keys, Bermuda and Cuba. In Canada, they are found in Québec, Ontario and British Columbia..
The Black Saddlebags is a relatively large dragonfly at about 5 centimeters in length. The body is thin and black, and the female may have lighter spotting or mottling dorsally. The head is much wider than the rest of the body and is dark brown in color.
Some populations of this dragonfly migrate. Both the larvae and adult forms are predators of mosquitoes, so they are a highly helpful insect to have in the wet areas where they congregate.
Everything that I have read about the Black Saddlebags is that they usually do not perch, so I was very lucky in getting one to stay on the twig of the tree and allow me to photograph it.