Big water bugs?

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What are these rather big water bugs? I noticed they were in my entangled lotus roots earlier this spring when I took it out of the pot and divided it. Is it harmful to my plants?
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Interesting, and confirms the solution to a mystery. I have a fine net over my “pond,” mainly to keep out fall leaves, but I never took it down when spring arrived. Was out looking the other day, and there were 2 beautiful dragonflies in there. I couldn’t figure out HOW they got in, but I went ahead and uncovered a section so they could get out. The thought crossed my mind that they had been living in there (as eggs) and completed their life cycle to adult. Cool!
 
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Oh that’s nice, I love dragonflies! How stupid of me to not even know something this obvious…
 

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