This brownish dragonfly is best known for its gliding flying style, much like the wandering glider. The hindwings form an elongated triangle, longer than abdomen, broad at base and reaching halfway down the abdomen. The abdomen is tapered and mottled gray-brown. The face is yellow to orange. Mature males have red faces.
This species is common in United States and southern Canada. It is common in southwest, while it is mostly migratory elsewhere. Primarily, the spot-winged glider prefers temporary ponds and pools in the open, including brackish waters. But it also can be seen over fields, clearings, etc, well away from water. It is infrequently seen at scattered locations throughout Wisconsin.
Late June to mid-September in Wisconsin.