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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 so far in just half of the counties.
Abundance As with the Wandering Glider, this is a migratory species, constantly on the move, with abundance difficult to assess. Usually much 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 two of 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 from mid-June to mid-August, but the flight there is certainly longer than just two months.
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 89 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.
State Rank S5
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Global Rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2023-01-17 09:42:13

Photo Gallery for Spot-winged Glider   24 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Hunter Phillips

Comment: Onslow, 2023-07-30, Front yard, Holly Ridge
Photo 2 by: R. Newman

Comment: Carteret, 2023-06-12, FOMA
Photo 3 by: Harry LeGrand; Lori Arent

Comment: Harnett; P, 2022-08-08, Cape Fear River locations - Cape Fear Shiner County Park, seen on vegetation next to soccer fields. Photo by Lori Arent.
Photo 4 by: J. Turner, D. Schafer

Comment: Gates, 2022-08-08, MEMI - Female at the back of the Visitor Center @ -76.698940, 36.436764
Photo 5 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-07-28, Hot Springs area
Photo 6 by: Max Ramey

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2021-08-21, Kerr Scott Dam/ Yadkin River (Dam to 1000 ft downstream)
Photo 7 by: Max Ramey

Comment: Watauga, 2021-06-26, Valle Cay-Bottom field
Photo 8 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-07-11, Hot Springs area
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-07, Horseshoe Lake, Suggs Mill Pond Game Land
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2016-07-22, Lake Waccamaw, southern end between dam and pier
Photo 11 by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2016-06-25, Huntersville, backyard of 12025 Regal Lily Lane
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields and Zoology lab students

Comment: Onslow, 2015-09-08, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo 13 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 14 by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Currituck, 2015-06-09, Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2012-09-04, Retention pond at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo 16 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-07-08, Sandy Mush Game Land
Photo 17 by: Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson, Gail Lankford, Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-08-06, Fletcher Park
Photo 18 by: Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson, Gail Lankford, Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-08-06, Fletcher Park
Photo 19 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-07-24, Fletcher Park pond and nearby stream
Photo 20 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2011-07-09, Alligator River NWR - several groups and many perched
Photo 21 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Onslow, 2011-04-13 - North end of Topsail Island
Photo 22 by: Floyd Williams

Comment: Gates, 2006-06-13, Merchants Millpond State Park
Photo 23 by: Randy Newman

Comment: Carteret, 2004-04-16, Fort Macon State Park
Photo 24 by: Randy Newman

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