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Dragonfly - Pantala flavescens

Dragonfly - Pantala flavescens
Southwestern, Pennsylvania, USA
October 10, 2007
Size: 2 inches
I found about 35 naiads in my pool and through research have been able to give them the opportunity to emerge into adulthood.
I love these little buggers and would like to learn more about them.

Does anyone have any idea what type they may be?
Thanks in advance!

Indeed
A fine thing to be raising in a pool. The great wanderer. Found on nearly every continent on the globe. Can fly for thousands of miles and deposit eggs in the pools left behind by huge thunderstorms. Truly amazing insects.

Wandering Glider?
Looks like a Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens). Note the broad hind wings. All the better for...well, wandering--and gliding, of course!

 
Wandering Glider
Thanks so much for the info Jay and Herschel! I'm so grateful for all the support I've gotten here. I originally started here by posting a pic of one of the naiads. I had no idea what it was. Imagine my surprise when four of these gorgeous dragonflies had emerged and were hanging on the sticks I'd provided for them. I am SUCH a proud Momma! Thanks again!

 
And so you should be!
Like Dr. Raney indicated, this is truly an amazing creature. Wandering Gliders can go through their entire life cycle in less than 2 months. (Some other dragonflies take 1 to 3 years to accomplish that.) This allows them to take advantage of temporary pools of water, which are free of fish--major predators on dragon and damsel nymphs. Congratulations!

 
I'm completely bewitched by t
I'm completely bewitched by them. My swimming pool springing a leak in July turned out to be a good thing after all. Thanks Jay!

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