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Wandering Glider

Pantala flavescens


This is a medium to large naiad with a length of 15/16 to 1 1/16 inches (24 to 26 mm). It is pale green with light brown markings. There is a large, rear-facing spine on each side of the last abdominal segments, but there are no hooks on the back, as some naiads have.


This dragonfly can be found near seasonal ponds. This is the world's most widely distributed dragonfly. It occurs worldwide between 400 N and 400 S latitude, and is the only dragonfly with such a large distribution. It is most common in tropical and subtropical regions with highly seasonal rainfall. In Idaho, it occurs at seasonal ponds on the Snake River Plain.

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Florida, USA

Lat: 30.44, Long: -86.67

Spotted on May 31, 2014
Submitted on Aug 23, 2014

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