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Pantala flavescens,[3] the globe skimmer, globe wanderer or wandering glider,[1] is a wide-ranging dragonfly of the family Libellulidae.[1] This species and Pantala hymenaea, the "spot-winged glider", are the only members of the genus Pantala. It was first described by Johan Christian Fabricius in 1798.[4] It is considered to be the most widespread dragonfly on the planet with good population on every continent except Antarctica although rare in Europe.[1][5] Globe skimmers make an annual multigenerational journey of some 18,000 km (about 11,200 miles); to complete the migration, individual globe skimmers fly more than 6,000 km (3,730 miles)—one of the farthest known migrations of all insect species.

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Pantala flavescens
male, Kerala, India
female, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Pantala
Species:
P. flavescens
Binomial name
Pantala flavescens
(Fabricius, 1798)[2]
Distribution of Pantala flavescens
Synonyms
  • Libellula analis Burmeister, 1839
  • Libellula flavescens Fabricius, 1798
  • Libellula terminalis Burmeister, 1839
  • Libellula viridula Palisot de Beauvois, 1807
  • Orthetrum mathewi Singh & Baijal, 1955
  • Sympetrum tandicola Singh, 1955
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