Common Water Boatman

Common Water Boatman

Observation - Common Water Boatman - UK and Ireland. Description: In garden pond. Seen drying itself on a twig - I thought it might be a dragonfly nymph about to hatch, but when I looked closer, it fell back into the water and swam off. First time I've seen one out of water. I presume it was drying itself before flyi

In garden pond. Seen drying itself on a twig - I thought it might be a dragonfly nymph about to hatch, but when I looked closer, it fell back into the water and swam off. First time I've seen one out of water. I presume it was drying itself before flying away.

I've always just known them as Water Boatmen, though the web calls them 'Greater Water Boatmen' and on here it is 'Common Water Boatman'. We also have the smaller ones that swim the other way up.