Longest Insect Migration: 11,000 Miles From the Maldives to Africa and Back!

Biologist Charles Anderson has uncovered what he believes to be the longest migration route of any insect in the world. He plotted the appearance of the dragonflies known as globe skimmers in the Maldives and deduced that they must fly from Africa!

In Uganda, they appear twice each year in March or April and again in September, while further south in Tanzania and Mozambique they appear in December and January.

That strongly suggest that the dragonflies take advantage of the moving weather systems and monsoon rains to complete an epic migration from southern India to east and southern Africa, and then likely back again, a round trip of 14,000 to 18,000km.


From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by healthylivinggal83.

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Wow I never realised dragonflies actually did migration - or is this a specific species of dragonflies. Living in Asia, where it's always warm, I see dragonflies all year round. And I thought dragonflies didn't have very long lives. But this is definitely interesting fact. Thanks for the post!
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