Dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) start their life as aquatic larvae or nymphs, passing through a series of developmental stages or ‘stadia’, undergoing several moults as they grow. 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 (5).
As an adult damselfly, the Seychelles fineliner likes to perch for long periods on the tips of fern or palm leaves one to two metres above the ground, only occasionally leaving to glean small insects from nearby leaves and twigs (2).
In Buda forest, south-east Kenya, mating and egg-laying (oviposition) have been observed to begin in April, at the onset of the long rains. Males approach females from their perching positions and mate without any courtship behaviour. Females then place their eggs into damp, muddy soil or leaf-litter, still in the tandem position, guarded by the male until the end of oviposition. Oviposition in water, common to most damselflies and dragonflies (Odonata), has not been observed in this species (2).