Migrating Dragonflies

Dragonfly migrate in the fall, too. I often see dragonflies flying across asphalt parking lots and wander where they are going. Now I know they are traveling to warmer regions with plenty of insects for eating. I gathered basic dragonfly migration information from around the web just for your enjoyment.

Five main migrating dragonflies

  1. Common Green Darner (Anax junius)
  2. Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
  3. Black Saddlebags (Trameala lacerata)
  4. Wandering Glider Dragonfly (Pantala flavescens)
  5. Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea)

These dragonflies are known to migrate in spring and fall. Do you see any of these acrobatic fliers near you?

Common Green Darner - Anax junius
Common Green Darner – Anax junius

Common Green Darner

Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum) dr...
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

Black Saddlebags (Trameala lacerata)

Wandering Glider  Dragonfly - Pantala flavescens
Wandering Glider Dragonfly – Pantala flavescens (Photo credit: Hickatee)

Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) also called Globe Skimmer in some parts of the world

Male Spot-Winged Glider Glider
Male Spot-Winged Glider Glider (Photo credit: milesizz)

Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea)

Watch scientist Charles Anderson’s Ted Talk about the migration of the Global Skimmer (or Wandering Glider) across the Indian Ocean

Citizen Science Project to Do

Migratory Dragonfly Partnership helps science track the migration of the five main migrating dragonflies.


A big thank you to the photographers who snapped these images and shared them online. 

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