Virtually no information is available on the behaviour, diet or reproduction of the Ceres featherlegs. However, many aspects of its life history can be assumed to be similar to other damselfly species.
Damselflies are carnivorous, aerial predators, which feed on smaller insects. Sometimes their diet may include other damselflies and dragonflies. Damselflies are prey themselves for many species, particularly birds, such as swallows and bee-eaters (2).
When mating, the male damselfly grasps the female on the neck with grasping appendages situated on the end of the long abdomen. Mating can last from a few seconds to several hours, depending on the species of damselfly. All damselflies lay their eggs on plants that are submerged in water. The emerging larva then undergoes several moults, before climbing out of the water at night, ready to make the final, dramatic transformation into the adult form. In the early morning, the larva swallows air, which expands the body so that the larva’s ‘skin’ splits, revealing the adult body. Blood then enters the delicate wings, which expand and harden before the damselfly takes to its maiden flight (2).
The adult Ceres featherlegs can be seen in the South African summer, between November and February (2).