Although Western Forktail's tend to be more
common around streams than other forktails, especially slow, grassy or
sedge-dominated ones, they also select the habitats of alkaline ponds with mud
substrates and marshy edges of lakes. This species tends to avoid acidic
conditions. Away from breeding sites, the Western Forktail can be found along
forest trails basking in patches of filtered sunlight.
Western Forktail larvae feed on a wide
variety of aquatic insects, such as mosquito larvae, other aquatic fly larvae,
mayfly larvae, and freshwater shrimp.
Western Forktail adults will eat almost any
soft bodied flying insect including mosquitoes, flies, small moths, mayflies,
and flying ants and termites.
Male Western Forktails are usually outnumbered by females in most situations.
They are most likely to be found in dense vegetation and rarely out over the
open water. It is likely that females only copulate once and all the eggs she
lays are fertilized by that single males sperm. Female Western Forktails also
ovipositor alone, horizontally on floating vegetation with short flights between
The Damselflies are
small, blue, dragonfly like creatures often seen zooming and hovering around
streams and pools of water. At rest, most damselflies usually hold their wings
together and folded over the body; this is in contrast to dragonflies that rest
with the wings held outstretched. In addition, the eyes of damselflies are
separate on stalks, while those of dragonflies are combined into the top
of the head.
Damselfly eggs are laid in water, and the aquatic nymphs that hatch are
predators on zooplankton, mosquito larvae, and other small creatures.