Wandering Glider - Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798)

Range & Habitat:

Ranges through the state (actually throughout the world) but is more common coastally.

Breeds in temporary ponds and pools. Probably the most likely ode to be seen in the supermarket parking lot.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 11 June
Late Date: 7 November

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma

Orange, with reddish-brown eyes, the teardrop shape, broad hindwings and gliding behavior should rule out most other species except Spot-winged Glider, which is duller, with a basal spot in the hindwing.


Conservation Status:
State: S4 Apparently secure in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range