0
$\begingroup$

What kind of flying insect is this? It kinda resembles a dragonfly but it had what looked like a stinger on the end of it's tail. It was found in Franklin, Ohio.

image

$\endgroup$
2
  • $\begingroup$ Better provide some visuals, else it will be very difficult to identify. $\endgroup$
    – Dexter
    Aug 23, 2017 at 12:48
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ The OP did add an image, however, they didn't add the reference. I suggested an edit that does reveal the image of the dragonfly. $\endgroup$
    – user22020
    Aug 23, 2017 at 14:36

1 Answer 1

9
$\begingroup$

... it kinda resembles a dragonfly ...

That's because it is a dragonfly! This is a female Tramea onusta, most commonly known as a "Red Saddlebag", which comes from the red coloration found at the lower regions of the dragonfly's hindwings.

... it had what looked like a stinger on the end of it's tail.

That's exactly correct! Female dragonflies have what look to be a stinger, however, they're used for laying eggs instead (and not as a weapon). (source, p.5)

Tramea onusta1

enter image description here

enter image description here

$\endgroup$

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .