Gliders

Family Libellulidae Leach, 1815

Distribution Worldwide
  • 30 species 
  • Known in the New World as saddlebags for their wing markings, this genus is nearly cosmopolitan
Africa
  • 2 Species
General identification features
  • Both species are large (hindwing 38-43 mm) brown to red dragonflies
  • Wing with very distinctive Markings
Habitat and behaviour
  • Well dispersed
  • Often swarming together with Pantala flavescens
  • Following rains and breeding in seasonal pools and marshes.
  • Tend to glide and hover, resting pendulantly in sheltered places.
  • Often perch in the ‘pennant’ position at the end of high or exposed stakes, with wings raised and abdomen either also slightly up or pressed down.
Synopsis
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