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Looked up A. paludum also to see how it differed. It seems to be fully winged in most cases- a book told me that and the pics I found of it online were winged. I think I can just make out the double pointed rear abdominal segment above.
I wonder where they're all hiding tonight.Yes I had a good look for wings myself,but not even sure that A.paludum has been identified in Ireland. The pointed rear segment is there alright but in A.paludum it extends beyond the end of the abdomen,were as in A.najas the points extend no further than the end of the abdomen.
Theyre probably up skating around the middle of a field. My Chinery book just says najas has the 7th segment double pointed but the points dont go beyond the end of the abdomen and that padulum usually has wings. Thats all but I looked at a few images online of both.
The Lagan is full of them. I saw one carting off a Brown sedge the other day. That's the mountain out for a good while if not the season! Peter
Lat/Lng: 54.4, -6.3
OS grid ref: NW2416