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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens)

• English name: Wandering Glider
• German name: Wanderlibelle
• French name: Libellule Globe-trotter
• Dutch name: Wereldzwerver
• Swedish name: Monsuntrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Frecciaerrante
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: Странстващо потапниче

Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Pantala flavescens

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a fairly large species which very rarely occurs in Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Not Applicable
Scientific name Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • gathers in huge migratory swarms, e.g. along the eastern seaboards of America and Australia, and between India and East-Africa
  • on their migratory trek they follow the seasonal rains, using e.g. temporary rain pools to complete the egg-to-adult cycle at an incredible speed; whereas a species of a similar size would normally take two years to complete that cycle, Pantala flavescens manages to do so in about 35 days
  • spends a great deal of time gliding on the wing
  • when resting, hangs rather than sits
Habitat • shallow, temporary puddles and pools
Dimensions • typical body length: 45-55 mm; hindwing: 38-42 mm
Both sexesThorax• the thorax is orange-yellow with thin black lines on the side
 Abdomen➤ the abdomen is orange-yellow with extensive mid-dorsal black spots
 Wings➤ the wings are very long and broad
  • the wing tip may bear a small yellow patch
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Florida in 2013

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♂

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♂

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♂

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♂

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♂

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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