Odonata species start their life as aquatic larvae, passing through a series of developmental stages or ‘stadia’ and undergoing several moults as they grow. Before the final moult (emergence), metamorphosis occurs in which the larvae transform into the adult form. Adults complete their metamorphosis after emergence and undergo a pre-reproductive phase known as the maturation period, when individuals normally develop their full adult colour (5). Virtually nothing has been published about the red chaser’s social, reproductive or feeding behaviour, but certain details can be inferred from what is known about its western counterpart, Libellula fulva. Eggs should hatch two to seven weeks after deposition and the larval period should extend over two years, passing through 11 to 16 stadia. The adult flight period of the red chaser in Turkey lasts from early May to June, sometimes to the beginning of July, during which time they must mate (2).
Red chaser males defend territories with flights undertaken from their favourite prominent perches, but they are less aggressive than many other chaser species. Females begin to lay eggs in the water immediately after copulation, unaccompanied by the male.
Odonata feed on flying insects and are often generalised, opportunistic feeders, sometimes congregating around abundant prey sources such as swarms of other insects (5).