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Globe Skimmer (male)


These beautiful dragonflies are "medium-sized to large [and a] dull orange/yellow. The [m]ale abdomen[is] brownish yellow to orange red, with black dorsal markings [...]" (The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia, p305)


This lone Dragonfly was cruising amongst the rocks and grass above a small gorge with non-running water in it.


Thank you Ornithoptera80 for the identification! Some interesting info in Wikipedia: "The English common names "wandering glider" and "globe skimmer" refer to its migratory behaviour.[7] The German name Wanderlibelle means "migrant dragonfly". In Hong Kong, its name translates as "typhoon dragonfly" as it arrives with or shortly before the seasonal rain.[22] The Japanese name is usubaki-tombo (ウスバキトンボ) which is translated as "yellow dragonfly with delicate wings". Similarly, the South Korean name is '된장잠자리'(translated as "doenjang dragonfly") because its colour is similar to doenjang, the Korean bean paste." Further reference:

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Globe skimmer
Pantala flavescens Pantala flavescens - Wikipedia

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1 Comment

armadeus.4 2 days ago

Thank you Ornithoptera80 for identifying this lovely Dragonfly :)

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on May 29, 2020
Submitted on Jun 28, 2020

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