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We found this in our UK garden! Any ideas? Not sure if it had/has wings.

It has a segmented tail and 6 legs. It’s about 2 inches/ 8cm long.

  • $\begingroup$ It would be helpful to include more information about exactly where in the UK you found this and what kind of habitat. $\endgroup$ – tyersome Jul 24 at 3:03
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    $\begingroup$ That;s the last stage of the dragonfly in the pond, where it eats even tadpoles probably. It climbs out and emerges as a dragonfly, waits for it's wings to dry and flies away. $\endgroup$ – com.prehensible Jul 26 at 20:35

That looks like the cast off outer layer of a dragon fly nymph§: Dragon fly larvae from: https://butterfliesandgardens.wordpress.com/tag/dragonfly-larvae/

The following resources may be helpful to get a more precise identification:



§Note: As pointed out by Arthur J. Frost this is actually the exoskeleton left behind when a dragonfly nymph molted and became an adult.

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    $\begingroup$ More properly, the OP is what's left of a dragonfly nymph; the adult had emerged and flown off some time prior. $\endgroup$ – Arthur J Frost Jul 26 at 8:14
  • $\begingroup$ Good point — I'll update my answer. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – tyersome Jul 26 at 18:26

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