ARE DRAG­ON­FLIES TER­RI­TO­RIAL?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

Yes. The males of some drag­on­fly species are highly ter­ri­to­rial. Com­peti­tors will fight vi­ciously over prime egg-lay­ing sites in order to at­tract the most fe­males. One ex­am­ple is the south­ern hawker – a com­mon vis­i­tor to garden ponds. If you wan­der into a male’s ter­ri­tory, don’t be sur­prised if he ap­proaches and in­spects you as an in­truder.

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