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Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens
The Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) occurs almost world-wide. Within the United States it is usually quite common and widespread. Gliders have especially large rear wings and seem to stay in flight much of the time. The glider shown in the top image was resting on a weed stalk in Austin, Travis Co., Texas in June 2003. The shot was taken with a Canon EOS 10D and 70-200 mm F2.8 L IS lens and 2X extender and 550 EX flash. The next shot was taken in June, 2004, at the same location.
The next two shots of a Wandering Glider were taken in Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas, in August, 2007, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The Wandering Glider shown here was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in June, 2008. It was shot with the same gear as the shots previously described.
The next two shots show an early season Wandering Glider in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in February, 2009.
The male Wandering Glider shown here was in Hansford Co., Texas, in July, 2009. This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The next 6 shots of Wandering Gliders were taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in August, 2009, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The shot shown here shows 2 Wandering Gliders perched above a single Spot-winged Glider.
Sometimes Wandering Gliders will hover in one place long enough for some flight shots. The males in the next 9 shots gave me some nice photo ops in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in September, 2009. These images were all taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.

Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens
female
near the Gila River,
Yuma Co., Arizona
4 October 2013


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Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens
male
Southeast Metro Park,
Travis Co., Texas
24 October 2013
Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
7 November 2013
Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
14 August 2014
Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
20 August 2014
Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
29 September 2014
Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
27 October 2015
Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens
River Trail Park,
ca. 3 mi W of Luling,
Caldwell Co., Texas
8 September 2016
Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
1 October 2016