The Spot-winged Glider is a strong flying Skimmer that can be found throughout North and South America. In Minnesota they are migratory, arriving from the south they have a very short larval stage, around 5 weeks, before a new generation emerges and heads back down south
Spot-winged gliders are strong flyers that are usually in flight all day long, perching mainly only at night and typically high in the tree tops.
Can be found far from water flying over open fields. Breeding habitat is temporary pools and ponds, including brackish waters and man-made structures like fishless water gardens and swimming pools.
Females usually either lay eggs in tandem with male or alone with male guarding. While in tandem the female lays eggs by tapping her abdomen on the as the pair quickly fly across the water. When not ovipositing in tandem the female spends more time hovering over the water and dipping her abdomen
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