Found whilst clearing a pond of old reeds
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After researching i believe this may be a Darter, please feel free to advise,
Im pretty certain this to be the larvae of a Hawker , i'd welcome any comments
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.
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It was crawling about on reeds which had been dragged out of a pond and left on the side
Thats the end of that theory then. Maybe just a bit battered in that case! ;-)
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.
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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.
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.
Lat/Lng: 50.1, -5.3
OS grid ref: SW6629