Pantala flavescens

Dragonfly $2.50This dragonfly is the world’s most widely distributed dragonfly being found in the tropics as well as in temperate zones. It breeds on every continent except Europe and Antarctica and is found all around the world. This species flies almost constantly and drifts with the wind as it feeds. It flies thousands of miles over oceans and because of its characteristic gliding flight, its common name is the Globe Skimmer or Wandering Glider. It can be seen flying almost anywhere in open country, sometimes in great numbers. They rarely perch but at sea they have been known to land on ships far away from land.

Dragonfly $4.00They usually inhabit the thickly vegetated areas of stream bank areas and lower wetland areas near the ocean. Breeding occurs in standing or slow moving water, so rice paddies in the tropics are particularly suitable habitats. Forests and even rain puddles are also known breeding locations.

Dragonfly date stampThe colour of the thorax and tapered abdomen of both sexes is orangish to light brown with long, broad and clear wings. The small dark area on the tip of the hind-wing is distinctive.

The Wandering Glider feeds mainly on insects and small crustaceans. Of distinct advantage to humans is that both the larvae and the adult are great hunters and often eat a lot of insect pests, including mosquitoes. Their main predators are fish.

Dragonfly Miniature Sheet

Wandering Glider Dragonfly
Please Note: All prices are in New Zealand Dollars

Single set$6.50
Gutter Pair set$13.00
Block of 4 set$26.00
Miniature sheet$6.50
Miniature sheet on First Day Cover $8.00

Technical Details

Sue Wickison, Wellington, New Zealand Pitcairn Stamps
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to you by:
Bounty Post
Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Photography Ref.Charlene Warren, Adamstown, Pitcairn Island
Process: Offset Litho
Stamp size:33.0 mm x 33.0 mm vertical
Mini Sheet Size:138mm x 78mm
Sheet Format: 2 panes of 20 stamps with a central gutter
Perforation Gauge: 14.50 x 14.50
Denominations: Stamps $2.50 and $4.00. Miniature sheet $6.50
Paper: 104gsm Tullis Russell non phosphor gummed paper
Period of Sale:
26 August 2009 for a period of 2 years