Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Spot-winged Glider

Pantala hymenaea

Say, 1839

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The Spot-winged Glider resembles the Wandering Glider, with its tapered yellow abdomen, gray thorax and long broad wings. It has a dark spot at the base of the hindwing, which makes it possible to tell the two species apart in the field. It migrates along the Atlantic coast but is not as widely ranging as the Wandering Glider.

Uncommon. This is another summer invader, but there are definite irruptionyears and years with almost none. It is a transcontinental speciesand Nebraska is at the northern and western edge of the range. Its habitsare essentially identical to Wandering Glider.

Spot-winged Glider
Spot-winged Glider

Size: 45-50 mm (1.8-2.0 in)

Habitat: temporary ponds

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, CO, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: late June to early September

Spot-winged Glider map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.

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