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Pantala flavescens or the Globe Skimmer

Pantala flavescens or the Globe Skimmer
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron AF 70-300mm Tele-Macro ( 1:2)
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-29 18:40
Viewed: 6047
Points: 82
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Pantala flavescens, the Globe Skimmer or Wandering Glider

The English common names "Wandering Glider" and "Globe Skimmer" refer to its migratory behaviour. The German name Wanderlibelle mean "migrant dragonfly". In Hong Kong, its name translates as Typhoon Dragonfly as it arrives with or shortly before the seasonal rain.[16] The Japanese name is Usubaki-Tombo (ウスバキトンボ?) which is translated as "yellow dragonfly with delicate wings."

Pantala flavescens, the Globe Skimmer or Wandering Glider, is a wide-ranging dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. This species and Pantala hymenaea, the "Spot-winged Glider", are the only members of the genus Pantala from the subfamily Pantalinae. It was first described by Fabricius in 1798. It is considered to be the most widespread dragonfly on the planet.
The Globe Skimmer, as its name suggests, has a very wide distribution area, between about the 40th parallels of latitude or within the 20 °C isotherm (areas of the world where the annual mean temperature is above 20 degrees Celsius). In Europe there are only occasional sightings of the species, with serious evidence to date mainly from the Aegean Sea and the adjacent mainland. All Globe Skimmer records from England or France are of extremely doubtful value and may arise from co-importation with shipments of bananas. An explanation for the scarcity in Europe of this otherwise common species is the barrier effect of the Sahara which generates unfavourable winds, such as the Sirocco, whose dryness makes dragonfly passage almost impossible.

Their arrival in the subtropics and tropics coincides with the Intertropical Convergence Zone.[18] More evidence of their preference for moist winds, is that the dragonfly migrates to Southeast India's Tamil Nadu only after the second monsoon which is brings the rain to that region. In the rest of India, however, it arrives with the first rain-making monsoon. Observations suggest that they migrate from India to Africa across the Arabian Sea.

It is the highest-flying dragonfly, recorded at 6,200 m in the Himalayas. It was also first dragonfly species that settled on Bikini Atoll after the nuclear tests there. Furthermore, it is the only Odonata on Easter Island. These individuals seem to be a small gene pool, derived from the continental populations, which is slowly creating a new type by genetic drift. In colder areas like South Australia and Northern Canada, the species cannot overwinter and must therefore be replaced by new migrants each year.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-07-29 20:42]

Hello friend Foozi!
Thanks for your kind comments in my last pic, but THIS pic here is a truly beautiful one ! Wow! what a sharpness and colours and POV... BG and so on ! Bravo, dear friend! You are my hero today! Many thanks for sharing with us!
Nice w-end!

Ciao Foozi, fantastic dragonfly with wonderful golden colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Foozi,

What a stunning image, the detail and colours are just amazing, excellent composition,

Hello foozi,

very nice presentation from this Daragonfly with good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.
nicely blurred bg.


Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
Very nice captured of this dragonfly, excellent focus, great composition and beautiful colours against the green background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Great capture Foozi. The dragon fly looks sensational with the pink flower and that wonderful background. Have a great weekend.

very nice presentation with good pov and sharpness.Fine colors, very well done my friend, vijeesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-30 4:04]

Hello Foozi,
A very nice capture of the Globe Skimmer.
The composition is perfect for the POV and it shows so well with excellent natural colours in superb lighting and with fine clarity. The flower spire that it sitting on is beautiful and fascinating too.
Thanks and best regards from a rainy Sweden,

Hello Foozi,
great shot of this beautiful dragonfly with wonderful colours and a well chosen POV. Good sharpness with many details and a nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Wonderful composition, excellent point of view, interesting subjects. regards yiannis

Ciao Foozi. Wonderful colours and very good light's managment. very good the flower too and exciting BG.


Interesante y efectivo ángulo el que utilizaste para el disparo.
Buen control de la luz.
Un abrazo Foozi: Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-30 6:53]

Hello Foozi,
Fantastic photo in splendid colours and very beautiful colours. Taken from a great POV in a marvellous compsition. Very beautiful BG.

Hello Foozi, great image full of light and sharpness, another great shot for a great subject. All the best, Paolo

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-30 7:36]

Hello Foozi,
superb shot,i liked the pov giving complete details of the insect. the clarity of the shot is very good, green bg looks lovely, nicely composed shot.Best regards Siggi

Hi Foozi,
excellent photo of this dragonfly. I like colours and composition. Beautiful flower.
Have a nice Saturday,

Hi Foozi,

Wow what a fabulous capture of this fine beauty my friend, this picture has impact, awesome lighting with amazing colour saturation and to strengthen that is the superb mottled green background, nice and sharp, great work Foozi and well done,
Best regards,


Hi Foozi,
Impressive light, impressive sharp, and a POV worthy of a constest, but the best here are the colors!... wow!... what a color level!... Congratulations!
I like a lot this shot!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-07-30 10:23]

Hello Foozi,
You have captured a beautiful natural scene here, the details and clolours are amazing. Great work Foozi, thank you.

hello Foozi
great sharpness and good details with lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Foozi,
What a capture..... Amazing clarity, very good focus and outstanding sharpness.
Very nice composition and vivid colors.
The contrast against the green background is great.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-30 14:46]

Hello Foozi,
What a splendid macro with excellent sharpness and very nice colors.The POV,BG and composition are wonderful...
Have a nice day!...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-30 15:56]

Hi Foozi,the dragonfly is nice and the flower too.A magnificent composition whit a lot of colors and details very well composed,another beautiful surprise in your gallery of tropical wonders.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Another impressive photo Foozi! The composition, the BG, the lighting and the colours are excellent.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2011-07-31 0:34]

I like the detail you have catued in the wings. Nice composition

I love this composition and this BG, great color performance!
regards Nasos

Hello Foozi
Well detailed macro shot, I like the composition and the colors, what I dislike a little bit is the position of the winds, but that's probably from the wind, I use to have that problem when shooting dragonfly's when it's windy :). It is a beautiful presentation with educative note. Well done and have a nice Sunday.
Regards Hedesan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-07-31 10:24]

Hi Foozi,

This Globe Skimmer and the flower it is posing on are a winning composition. I love how the colors of the dragonfly seem to reflect on the flower. The insect is so sharp and clear that one can actually see an expression on its face. Beautiful colors and the gold of the body and wings sparkle. A superb background and marvelous centered composition.


Hi Foozi,

The flower is helping to frame the insect. The close-up point of view is showing the details and colors of the Globe Skimmer. It is clear and sharp. The morning light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2011-08-02 3:10]

Salaam Ya Foozi,

Ramadan Karim, it is second day of my fasting and it feels good as I have next 5 hours for breakfast. About the shot, it is beautifully captured, ever aspect is perfect and no words to praise, TFS.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-08-02 8:03]

Hi Foozi.
The dragonfly was selected place for resting amazingly and you have pictured it also perfectly. All great: stunning sharpness and details of the plant and insect, amazingly illuminated and colours smooth BG, superb composition. Bravo, my friend, perfect job.

Hello Foozi,
This is wonderfull.
well done.
Lovely picture and good species in Anisoptera.
HAve a good week

Hello Foozi,
Absolutely beautiful. I can only echoe all the accolades above. Well done and best wishes.

Hi Foozi,
Excellent POV and nice photo!
TFS, Ferran

The contrasting colours really draw the eye in. The angles are perfecto and the f stop and speed superior! Great work friend!

Hallo Foozi,
a superb macro shot of the Globe Skimmer, perfect focusing on the head with fine details, splendid colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

Hello Foozi,

An eye-catching and attractive composition with plant and insect!
A lovely blend of colours and the golden insect really stands out...
Accurate DoF and sharp fine details!

Pablo -

Hi Foozi,
that "yellow dragonfly with delicate wings" presented in a very elegant way with the curved blossom as a well contrasting and dynamically curved counterpart. Very attractive well balanced composition.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Foozi,
Fantastic scene with incredible color gamut. Excellent composition and focus also - no surprise this is one of your highest rated photos. I love your masterpiece, congrats and tfs. Exceptional image.
Best regards, László

Hello Foozi

Great close-up of this insect over its flower,
fine POV giving that beautiful eye-contact
of the insect, excellent light, great focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


Hai Foozi ... what a shot.. very well composed with lustrous colors. Rich details.. very well captured sir... best regards...AG

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