The preceding photograph shows a Wandering Glider dragonfly (Pantala flavescens) spotted near the end of the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park. I think this individual is a male, based upon the following description.
Male: Eyes reddish; face orange. Thorax and abdomen yellow, upper part of abdomen orange. Darker orange median line on abdomen, expanded on each segment and forming black spots toward rear, on S8–10. Cerci black, obviously pale at base. Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 11282-11283). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.
Remember that “S8-10” refers to abdominal segments eight through 10 (of 10), numbered from front to back.
It is uncommon to see the broad-winged skimmers from the genus Pantala perching. Dragonflies are classified as either “fliers” or “perchers,” based upon their feeding habits. Wandering Gliders are fliers.
Related Resources: Digital Dragonflies, presenting high-resolution digital scans of living dragonflies.
- Genus Pantala | Pantala flavescens | Wandering Glider | male | top view
- Genus Pantala | Pantala flavescens | Wandering Glider | male | side view
- Genus Pantala | Pantala flavescens | Wandering Glider | female | top view
- Genus Pantala | Pantala flavescens | Wandering Glider | female | side view
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