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Libellule Globe-trotter (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

Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens)

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
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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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♂

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♂

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♂

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♂

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♂

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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Libellule Globe-trotter (Pantala flavescens) ♀

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