Odonata species start their life as aquatic larvae or nymphs, passing through a series of developmental stages or ‘stadia’, and undergoing several moults as they grow. This larval period can last anything between three months and ten years, depending upon the species. Before the final moult (emergence), metamorphosis occurs in which the larvae transform into the adult form. After emergence, adults undergo a pre-reproductive phase known as the maturation period, when individuals normally develop their full adult colour. Soon after this, individuals will begin to mate (4). Mature Maathai’s longlegs have been recorded in January, April, June, September and November, and emerging individuals have been seen in March and November, indicating that this species is not seasonal (2). Of the two female Maathai’s longlegs observed laying eggs (ovipositing) in the water, neither were guarded by males (2), as is the case for many Odonata species (4).
Odonata usually feed on flying insects and are generalised, opportunistic feeders, often congregating around abundant prey sources such as swarms of termites or near beehives (4).