Friday, June 28, 2013

Pond Life


 A quick sampling of the tadpoles in our garden pond showed that many of them were still some way off developing limbs, which I guess is a sign of the late spring - the frogs spawned very late this year. (Double-click for a larger image).





















This tadpole is a sharing the trough that I photographed it in with a flatworm.



































A water log-louse Asellus aquaticus. There are vast numbers of these scavengers down at the bottom of the pond, where there's  thick layer of decaying leaves.


































Underside of a water hog-louse. These crustaceans are isopods - all their legs are more or less the same length. For more isopods, click here and here.



































Possibly the least lovable animal in the pond - a leech. I suspect that these parasitize the pond snails. The dark patterning is its digestive system, visible through the body wall.




2 comments:

  1. Interesting inhabitants of your pond. My pond has tiny,wild fish, which eat up the mosquito larvae. But they don't eat the snails who eat the lily leaves.

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  2. It really needs repairing lotusleaf - a few years ago a heron pecked a hole in the butyl liner and it leaks!

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