waterbSome fascinating views today of greater water boatman right in front of the underwater cam in the Leighside pond. There appeared to be two greater water boatman, also called backswimmers.

On two occasions that I saw, one of the water boatman swam over and grabbed the other, this could have been an attempt at courtship. The water boatmen moved very quickly and we also have some quality problems as the water level changes, so it was difficult to be sure.

Most of the time the water boatmen were rowing with their two extra long legs (like oars) as they hung from the underside of the surface of the water (screen shot left).