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19/07/2014 at 15:03

I had some thing similar to this in my pond earlier this year and I thought it might be a back swimmer. This one was on a plant although I knocked it to the floor by accident

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53013.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 Quite an interesting thing close up

Edd
19/07/2014 at 15:09

Yes. Back swimmer larger than the lesser Water boatman. They can be attracted by night lights and can fly out of the water.

They can bite.

19/07/2014 at 15:20
Thanks for that Edd I never knew about the back swimmers, always thought they were just water boatmen. Also glad I now know they bite as we get alot of them in the pool ( not that fancy just an above ground plastic thing ) So ill be getting them out before getting in from now on !
19/07/2014 at 16:06

Never seen one before this year- great stuff

19/07/2014 at 16:31
I didnt know there was more than one type of water boatman, or that they bite!
19/07/2014 at 16:41

I think these are a different family to the water boatmen and they swim the right way up. These swim upside down.

Cool, eh?

19/07/2014 at 16:59
Very cool Vic
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