This approx. 6cm long insect was moving rapidly across the asphalt in a wavy/jumpy motion. It makes me think of a shrimp. It has a kind of widened head like a hammerhead shark.

I got two shots with my smartphone camera. Not the best quality.

What is it?

  • Position: Western Europe
  • Season: Start of Summer (June 20)
  • Time of day: Mid-morning
  • Location: Next to a largish marsh area currently kept as mini natural reserve in the middle of agricultural fields after large-area school buildings got dropped on the landscape. Sadly this area is likely to be marred by additional construction soon, the money is just too good and attracts sharks and brown envelopes.

Insect Image 1 Insect Image 2

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    $\begingroup$ Looks very much like an aquatic beetle larva. Perhaps Dytiscidae or Hydrophilidae. $\endgroup$ – Karl Kjer Jun 21 '18 at 0:42
  • $\begingroup$ @KarlKjer isn't your comment a better fit for an answer? :) $\endgroup$ – LinuxBlanket Jun 22 '18 at 0:50

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