This species is comfortable resting on tall reeds and grasses in marshes, ponds or by creeks and stream. Sometimes it will raise its abdomen straight up in the air while perched; other times it will lay flat. Sometimes it holds its forewings upward while flattening its hindwings, which is somewhat unusual for dragonflies at rest.
Adults hunt for insects among the waters and surrounding vegetation. Males and females fly together as she lays her fertilized eggs just under the water's surface. Larval naiads hatch underwater where they spend their time eating and growing. They will molt several times and then crawl out of the water to finally molt into a winged adult on land.