nicjc's picture

Dragonfly larvae

Observed: 16th November 2009 By: nicjcnicjc’s reputation in Invertebrates
Dragonfly larvae 1
Dragonfly larvae 1 1

Found whilst clearing a pond of old reeds

Species interactions

No interactions present.


nicjc's picture

Maybe a Darter ?

After researching i believe this may be a Darter, please feel free to advise,

Conservation Student

nicjc's picture

After further research

Im pretty certain this to be the larvae of a Hawker , i'd welcome any comments

Conservation Student

AB25426 - abbey's picture

Sympetrum sp.

This looks like dragonfly exuviae to me rather than a live nymph. Did you find it in the upper level or bottom of the pond? This may help identify the species. I would go with Sympetrum sp. rather than Aeshna sp.

Abbey Burn
OU Student BSc Natural Sciences

nicjc's picture

Live Nymph

It was crawling about on reeds which had been dragged out of a pond and left on the side

Conservation Student

AB25426 - abbey's picture

Thats the end of that theory

Thats the end of that theory then. Maybe just a bit battered in that case! ;-)

Abbey Burn
OU Student BSc Natural Sciences

Martin Harvey's picture

Broad-bodied Chaser?

Just to throw another suggestion into the pot, the relatively stocky body and legs, plus the shape of the head, made me wonder if this could be a Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa), but I'm not familiar enough with them to suggest this as a definite ID. They are often found in ponds.

Entomologist and biological recorder

RoyW's picture

Chaser (or perhaps Skimmer?)

The stocky body and short stocky legs definitely suggest that this is a Libellula species (either Broad-bodied Chaser, or Four-spotted Chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata), rather than a Sympetrum (Darter) species. Aeshna (Hawker) species have a slimmer body shape.
Sympetrum tend to have proportionately longer legs and also have fairly obvious lateral spines visible to the sides of the abdomen tip.
Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)is a third possible species which may be found in the described habitat, and which can't be conclusively ruled out from the features visible in the photograph.

miked's picture

nicjc, I wonder if you could

nicjc, I wonder if you could check the locations of your observations on the map as some of them seem very far from where they should be. if you need to change the location, first zoom out on the map to get orientated then zoom in to the correct location and click to set the location.