The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 5
Added in 2020 from previous year = 1 (1900-08-11)

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Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Wandering Glider  
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distribution Occurs over all of the Coastal Plain and Piedmont (though lacking records for a few counties in the Piedmont). It is of sporadic occurrence in the mountains, where it has been found in just 40% of the counties.
abundance As with the Wandering Glider, this is a migratory species, constantly on the move, with abundance difficult to assess. Uusually less numerous than Wandering Glider, though it can occur in swarms, more so than does the Wandering. Generally uncommon in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont, though it may be fairly common at times, especially in the Coastal Plain, even though our three highest one-day counts are in the lower Piedmont. Very rare to rare in the mountains.
flight Early or mid-April to late October downstate, though the bulk of the records are from late June to mid-September. The few mountain records are concentrated from early July to early August, but the flight there is certainly longer than just a month.
habitat Similar to Wandering Glider, it uses small, temporary puddles, pools, and shallow ponds for breeding.
behavior Males may be seen patrolling near puddles, and females may be seen ovipositing at such wet places, though Spot-winged Gliders seldom seem to enter cities to attempt ovipositing on shiny car hoods and rainwater pools in streets. Adults forage widely over all types of habitats, especially open areas along and near the coast.
comments This species is not familiar to casual observers, despite records from 87 of the 100 counties, because adults infrequently perch, and identification must often be made in flight. Having a net handy to catch such non-perching dragonflies helps! Adults do have a small dark patch at the base of the hind wing, as the common name indicates; sometimes an observer can see this spot in the field, though the overall color of the adult Spot-winged is a bit buffier/browner than the amber-colored Wandering Glider.
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G_rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand1234

Photo Gallery for Spot-winged Glider   17 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-07-11, Hot Springs area
Photo 2 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-07, Horseshoe Lake, Suggs Mill Pond Game Land
Photo 3 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2016-07-22, Lake Waccamaw, southern end between dam and pier
Photo 4 by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2016-06-25, Huntersville, backyard of 12025 Regal Lily Lane
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields and Zoology lab students

Comment: Onslow, 2015-09-08, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo 6 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Duplin, 2015-08-28, Warsaw. Rest area at I-40 mile marker 364. Feeding 3-8 feet above the ground. - Female.
Photo 7 by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Currituck, 2015-06-09, Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2012-09-04, Retention pond at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo 9 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-07-08, Sandy Mush Gamelands
Photo 10 by: Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson, Gail Lankford, Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-08-06, Fletcher Park
Photo 11 by: Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson, Gail Lankford, Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-08-06, Fletcher Park
Photo 12 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-07-24, Fletcher Park pond and nearby stream
Photo 13 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2011-07-09, Alligator River NWR - several groups and many perched
Photo 14 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Onslow, 2011-04-13, - North end of Topsail island
Photo 15 by: Floyd Williams

Comment: Gates, 2006-06-13, Merchants Millpond State Park
Photo 16 by: Randy Newman

Comment: Fort Macon State Park, 2004-04-16
Photo 17 by: Randy Newman

Comment: Fort Macon State Park, 2003-06-22