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barry sbarry s Posts: 23

good evening all

my pond appears to have a plague of what looks like small leeches approx 1 cm in length.Is this normal or could they be damaging other wildlife.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,112

    Could they be mosquito larvae?

    If so many of them will be eaten by other inhabitants of your pond and some will develop into mosquitos  and feed the swallows and bats - one or two may give you an itchy bite - all part of nature's rich pattern image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,302

    Lots of interesting things in a pond. Even more if you put a drop under the microscope.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,873

    I have leeches as well.  Maybe grow them on and start a clinic.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • barry sbarry s Posts: 23

    hi lyn

    are yours very small or the normal larger variety. I recognise the normal type but these do not look the same and appear this time of year but do not increase in size as the year goes on

  • What colour are they? I spotted what I thought were leeches in my pond but they turned out to be water snail eggs. (probably just showing my ignorance, I'm afraid!)

  • LynLyn Posts: 22,873

    They are black and not big enough for a cauliflower ear yet. About an inch long, difficult to tell because they squash up then stretch out to move along.

    I dont know how big they will grow as this is the first year of my pond.

    Visions of African Queen spring to mind image

    They are definitely not snails eggs. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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