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Wandering Glider

Afrikaans name: Narbroekie

Wandering Glider

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Pantala flavescens

The Wandering Glider is also known as the Globe Skimmer and is possibly the most widely distributed dragonfly in the world. It is found in a broad band across all continents. It basically just avoids extreme cold and desert areas.

This dragonfly is about 4.5 cm in length and can have a wingspan of up to 8 cm. Male and female Wandering Glider are similar in colour but males generally have darker wings.

Apparently these insects can fly at a speed of 5 metres per second which seems to be pretty fast!

The female Wandering Glider lays up to 2000 eggs at a time. The eggs are around .5 mm in diameter.



A Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa - Author: Warwick and Michele Tarboton - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 206

First Field Guide to Dragonflies of Southern Africa - Author: Warren and Vienessa Goodwin - Year Published: - Page: 53

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