Spot-winged Glider Pantala hymenaea (Say, 1839)  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Libellulidae   >   Genus Pantala   

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Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea), like its more cosmopolitan relative, the Wandering Glider, is an extremely efficient and strong traveler, able to quickly locate and breed in frequently ephemeral water sources over large distances. This species generally prefers open, shallow temporary or newly-created bodies of water, usually without fish (Paulson, 2011). This species is widespread and considered common in Maryland, and has been recorded from all but one county (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

Description:

Similar to Wandering Glider, but usually a darker, more grayish color, and with conspicuous dark hindwing basal spots, lacking on Wandering (Paulson, 2011).

There are 193 records in the project database.

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A Spot-winged Glider in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/20/2016). Photo by Mike Hudson. (MBP list)

A Spot-winged Glider on Hart-Miller Island, Maryland (9/9/2006). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Spot-winged Glider in Howard Co., Maryland (7/30/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Two Spot-winged Gliders in Howard Co., Maryland (7/31/2016). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Spot-winged Glider at North Branch, Allegany Co., Maryland (7/24/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Cast skin of a Spot-winged Glider in Howard Co., Maryland (8/2/2012). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Spot-winged Glider in Baltimore City, Maryland (7/31/2017). Photo by Wendy Alexander. (MBP list)


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