Migratory dragonfly Pantala flavescens has been flying in to Kerala in hordes. Citizen project monitors movement of dragonfly Pantala flavescens from Africa and back Migratory dragonfly Pantala flavescens has started arriving in swarms to the State. They have been spotted at Vellayani Lake here, Kole farms in Thrissur, Kasaragod, and in beaches. The inter-continental migration of these dragonflies, known as Wandering Gliders, that cross oceans with the help of winds has always fascinated naturalists. Society for Odonate Studies, a group of nature enthusiasts dedicated to the study of dragonflies, has launched an inter-continental citizen science project titled Pan Pantala Track to track their migration. A study published in 2012 has proved that these dragonflies migrate from Africa to India and back with the help of the monsoon winds. They lay eggs in temporary pools formed after the rains where their larvae grow rapidly, feeding on mosquito larvae and other small creatures. They complete four life cycles to finish their migratory circuit. Sole claimant “It is the only regular transoceanic movement of any insect in the world. It is also the longest; the total distance travelled in a year would be more than 16,000 kilometres,” says Subramanian K.A., Scientist-E, Zoological […]

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