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The water boatman can swim freely and breathe in water.
Film of air on back of Lesser water boatman is buoyant enough to lift to
| Make a splash: Garden ponds create ideal breeding conditions for frogs, newts, and toads and attract fascinating insects like the skater, water boatman and dragonflies.
| SIR - Anyone visiting any of our local ponds this time of year will soon realise what a vital habitat our ponds and wetlands represent, with dragonflies and damselflies patrolling the skies and water boatman and water beetles sailing the waters.
According to the board, creatures to look out for on this stretch the river include the grey heron, kingfisher, grass snake, water boatman insects, dragonflies and even muntjac deer.
The opening word, though, gives us pause: Admittedly the water boatman, On his way upstream, sheds a shadow, Cinque-spotted, on the sunny bottom, A shadow fringed with colours, as if spilt Briskly from a prism.