Similar to Rainpool Glider, but abdomen mottled gray-brown, more tapered. Round spot at base of hindwings is characteristic but may be difficult to see.
Flies almost continuously, but does perch sometimes, vertically on twigs of trees, bushes.
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.)
Open areas with temporary ponds, including brackish waters.
All year in southern United States, e.g., Texas, Florida. Late spring to fall in central areas. June-August in Canada.
Predatory on other insects.
Larval development is rapid--may be as short as five weeks.
Dunkle, Dragonflies Through Binoculars
p. 216, plate 40 (1)
Dunkle, Dragonflies of the Florida Peninsula
, p. 110, fig. 99 (2)
Abbott, p. 290, photo 60d (4)