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Species Pantala hymenaea - Spot-winged Glider

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Pantala (Rainpool Gliders)
Species hymenaea (Spot-winged Glider)
Size
43-51 mm length
Identification
Similar to Rainpool Glider, but abdomen mottled gray-brown, more tapered. Round spot at base of hindwings is characteristice but may be difficult to see.

Flies almost continuously, but does perch sometimes, vertically on twigs of trees, bushes.
Range
Much of North America, also Antilles, Central and South America, Galapagos. Ranges northward into Canada earlier in year than Wandering Glider. (A generational migrant--spring generations fly north, late summer and fall generations fly south.)
Habitat
Open areas with temporary ponds, including brackish waters.
Season
All year in southern United States, e.g., Texas, Florida. Late spring to fall in central areas. June-August in Canada.
Food
Predatory on other insects.
Life Cycle
Larval development is rapid--may be as short as five weeks.
See Also
Wandering Glider
Print References
Dunkle, Dragonflies Through Binoculars p. 216, plate 40 (1)
Dunkle, Dragonflies of the Florida Peninsula, p. 110, fig. 99 (2)
Nikula, p. 114 (3)
Abbott, p. 290, photo 60d (4)
Works Cited
1.Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America
Sidney W. Dunkle. 2000. Oxford Press.
2.Dragonflies of the Florida Peninsula, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
Sidney W. Dunkle. 1989. Scientific Publishers.
3.Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies
Donald and Lillian Stokes. 2002. Little, Brown and Company.
4.Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States
John C. Abbott. 2005. Princeton University Press.