Found throughout the year and in large numbers just before and after the monsoons. Called the globe skimmer since it is the world's most widely distributed dragonfly.
Pantala flavescens, known as Wandering Glider or Globe Skimmer, is a wide-ranging dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, found worldwide in the tropics, as well as in temperate zones of North America and Eurasia.
This is a dragonfly that emerges during the time of the Onam festival in Kerala, India. This dragonfly is a circumtropical insect found around the world in the warm climate zones. In the Americas, it is called the Wandering Glider or the Globe Skimmer for it has even been known to land on ships far out at sea.
Pantala flavescens is a creature of the rice paddies and wetlands. Dragonflies find rice paddies particularly suitable for the stages of their lives. The females dart and dip over the water laying their eggs. The larvae develop under the water, eating larvae of other aquatic insects (and sometimes each other!). Dragonflies must have a vertical surface in order to emerge from the aquatic life. The rice stalks are their ladders to the aerial world. The larvae climb the stalks of the rice, shed their skins, and take wing. In India, dragonflies are said to be the souls of the newly departed, waiting on the wing until it is time for reincarnation.