We had a group in doing the old pond dipping yesterday and right at the end of the sesssion they pulled out tis devil from the deep.
It's a dragonfly nymph, almost definitely an Emperor, the UK's largest (by bulk not length) dragonfly. The wing buds are snall so it has quite a bit nmore growing to do - the Sticklebacks had better watch out.
The children did catch a bright green damselfly nymph. It was not possible to identify it as tthey put it in a tray with a backswinmming Water-boatman, Coxia sp. which prompty ate it.
Where to next? Good show of sea bird passage this morning...back to the beach.
In the meantime let us know what hideous monsters are to be found lurking in your outback.