Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) – Photo Study

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info, Photography5 Comments

In addition to birds, I am also very interested in butterflies and dragonflies. The southwestern United States, where I happen to be working right now, is a great location to see many species of dragonfly and I have added many ‘lifer’ dragonflies to my list, while I am out doing cuckoo surveys. Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to get close to a Wandering Glider and take some up-close shots of it as it patrolled it territory. This species is not only a fairly common dragonfly throughout the United States, but is considered to be the most widespread species on the entire planet, which is why it is sometimes called the ‘Globe Skimmer’! This is a somewhat large, species and is usually about 4.5cm long, with roughly an 8cm wingspan.

Wandering Glider

Wandering Glider

Wandering Glider

Wandering Glider