Moving on to the darters and clubtails (Libellulidae and Gomphidae) they do not have ovipositors so simply distribute their eggs over the surface of the water. The females cannot hide but I think the boot is on the other foot. Copulation is fairly rapid and the females appear to relish the attention. I remember observing Orthetrum cancellatum on a lake in Dorset and Crocothemis erythraea on a river in Spain. The females were having a.ball. A few seconds of oviposition followed by some quickie sex then back to the egglaying. What a life.
A cannot leave this subject without mention of the genus Ischnura. These are small damselflies which, almost uniquely amongst Zygoptera, oviposit alone. More importantly the females are dominant and whilst ovipositing woebetide any male that comes near, they are abruptly chased off. Indeed there is one species Ischura hastata which is a common American species. It has a colony in the Azores where no male insects have ever been found; the females lay viable unfertilised eggs. Perhaps Ischnura has provided the ultimate solution to male harassment; no need to feign death, eliminate sex altogether.
We know about the colony in the Azores. Do other species of Ischnura operate with out males?