Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wandering Glider

I have seen Wandering Gliders a few times during my dragonfly career (which began in 2010). Previously these dragonflies flew high over the Carleton College arboretum prairie. In that second link, I wrote about this glider’s amazing distribution—it is found on every continent except Antarctica.

On 2 August 2016, Erika and I encountered a large dragonfly hovering above our prairie path. It hovered almost motionlessly about 15 feet in the air.  A few more Wandering Gliders flew between grassy perches along the trail’s edge. Mead reports that this glider often hovers. Paulson writes that this species is basically tropical, with northern records of possibly non-breeding individuals, occurring after warm fronts—precisely the weather conditions in which we found ourselves.

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