Males alternate their flying patterns between gliding and flapping wings. Adults may swarm (with other dragonfly species as well) in order to attack insect prey. They migrate to warmer areas in the fall.
Naiads are juveniles that live underwater. They prefer to eat small aquatic insects as that is the only insect prey they are able to get while they are still maturing into adulthood. They will try to climb up vegetation in and sticking out of water.
Adults can be found near lakes, ponds and slow-moving streams. They prefer areas that are quiet. Naiads appear green with bits of brown. They prefer the warmer, shallower waters during their life stage. In warmer climates, two generations of this species can be born a year; in colder climates, only one.