Found in the debris at the bottom of my garden pond
No interactions present.
The body shape makes these the larvae of dragonflies from the Aeshnidae family (Hawker types, including Emperor and Hairy Dragonfly).
In order to take the identification further it would be useful to have photos showing the head from above and below, and perhaps also a close up of the last segments of the abdomen.
SOrry, but they have gone back in the pond. If I can find some more, I'll see if I can take these pictures.
There have been southern hawkers in this pond in previous years, identified from the cast nymphal case.
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
I expected that they would be back in the pond!
These could well be Southern Hawkers, it's just not possible to be certain from the photos. One of the problems of identifying some invertebrates from photos is that you often need to see specific parts (and if the photographer knows what is needed for an identification they probably won't need to ask for one!).
Lat/Lng: 52.0, -0.7
OS grid ref: SP8936