The longer you watch odes, the more you realize that their behavior,
evolved over millions of years, is quite complex. Here we have a brief
tour of some facets of their behavior.
Often we don't spend enough time observing and studying
behavior. Usually we go straight to field marks and appearance. Observing
behavior can be fascinating and may also give ID clues. Take the time to read
about behavior; I'm sure you will find it interesting.
The adult odonate takes on a whole new set of behaviors
differing from the larval stages: establishing territory,
feeding on the wing,
avoiding predators, staying
cool in the hot summer sun, hiding from
predators, mating, migrating and FLYING!