I was fortunate to witness some interesting behaviours of Libellago Lineata recently. I saw a few pairs of males involving in territorial fights on separate occasions. When they fight, the two males would confront and face one another in mid air. They hover a few seconds and make forward movements but without contact. Usually, one would flee the area after a minute or so but it would come back shortly to challenge the temporary winning male again until the utimate victor is declared!
The winning male has the right of the territory usually within a small area of not more than 3 metres. I was told that female Lineata normally perch high up in trees and would come down to find a mate when they are ready to do so. I have seen 3 mating pairs within 2 days and what was interesting is that unlike other damselflies where they usually mate for a long period (sometime in hours), Lineata only mates for about 20 to 30 seconds! Within such a short period of mating time, getting a good shot at it depends alot on luck. I only managed to shoot about 20 shots from the 3 mating pairs add together, most of which are not of the best quality but I am happy to have finally got a good record mating shot of this species.