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New Pond Bugs ID

So, last Tuesday I finished a half barrel pond and was dead chuffed to see a diving beetle a few hours later. Not long after, the mosquito larvae showed up (unfortunately) as did more beetles. The last few days I noticed other beasties with antennae darting about the pond but I have no idea what they are, whether they are larvae or adults.

There are also some very thin squiggly things that propel themselves by moving in what looks to be a figure 8, very quickly. Unfortunately it hasn't been possible to get a photo of them. It also wasn't possible to get a photo of the worm I saw at the bottom of the pond this morning as it was headed toward the underneath of a brick and I couldn't get my phone out quickly enough. It looked just like a normal worm, should it be there? It's possible it was inadvertently dropped by a bird flying overhead and needs rescuing. I'm not sure what to do.

In good news though there was a red dragonfly/damselfly checking out the pond a couple of days ago. Unfortunately my phone was indoors so I couldn't take a photo but it didn't stay still long enough anyway. 

Any ideas what the latest bugs in my pond could be?


  • Hard to tell from the photo, but possibly Water Fleas (Daphnia).
  • It's not the greatest of photos. Unfortunately, it was difficult to get a photo close up as it kept catching my reflection. Have looked on Google for water fleas, definitely not them. Whatever they are, they kinda remind me of the Android robot 😆
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    Could be young water louse. I wouldnt worry about the worm, thats life and death if its an earth worm. Something will be along to eat it eventually! The figure of 8 things cold be bloodworm? 
  • @Jellyfire I guess I'm going to have to wait and see what things develop into!
  • The squiggly worm looking thing in the pic could be Mosquito larvae 
  • The squiggly worm looking thing in the pic could be Mosquito larvae 
    Yeah, I know what those things are. They moved in en masse within days of setting the pond up. Fortunately, I haven't been repeatedly snacked on so far!
  • SueAtooSueAtoo Posts: 328
    I have a sarracenia on my pond shelf and not been troubled by mozzies since. 
    East Dorset, new (to me) rather neglected garden.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited June 2021
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