it's ugly ! I have had 3 or 4 at least that I seen, about a 1 1/2 inches long, grayish, seems to sort of 'float' in the water with its tail end up and its head down. Has legs. swims well, was eating a dead earthworm in the pond the other day. i am worried about adding fish to this!
what is this thingy in my pond?!
Ewwwww, I don't know...but I'll be watching this thread to find out!
I see three critters but don't know which one you are talking about.
There is a tadpole, something like a slug, and the little insect like is a pond skater. If he is the one you are talking about, they are lovely little critters and don't do any harm.:o)
oh, I guess there are three. No, I know what tadpoles are, got oh, probably a few thousand of those :)
the water skater thing I know is ok.
The long slug thingy there-he is the ugly culprit. It is NOT a slug, it swims, and has legs. Spends some time hanging upside down in the water. I wonder if it is 'something' that will turn into something else? You know sort of a larval stage or?
nah, unless they morph quite a bit, the legs are really small, on the underside of it, and they have more than 4 legs. I don't know how many, will see if I can look at that.
WOW! He turns into a handsome little guy!
Thank you for the link.:o)
Frilly...LOL! I have to laugh from this quote from this article. "Adult Dytiscidae, particular of the genus Cybister, are edible. In Mexico, C. explanatus are eaten roasted and salted to accompany tacos.
Bon Appetite! ehhh!
I like tacos but not with beetles! I cannot tell from that pic what the creature is but I hope its the beetle because the pic is awesome.
That beetles lava doesn't look like a slug though..like your thing frillylily. Have you ever seen these beetles around your pond before?
yes, I have, I just didn't know they started out like that. Mine does not look like a slug, well kinda, but it has legs and a separate head from it's body. It swims with its head 'down' and it's rear end floating.
haven't seen it for a few days. Says they burrow into mud to 'change' into the beetle thingy. But since I have a liner, there is no mud. So I don't know what will happen?
I finally seen one again!!
I have 'baby' diving beetles!!
It is about 1/2 an inch long, and I seen it tonight w the flashlight when I went out to catch my frog...
It looks like some sort of Dragonfly Larvae to me.
Having 'legs' and all! (six?)
We have these too! I came upon them by mistake in our "bog" before it was a pond while collecting tadpoles. I scooped up a mason jar full of water and tadpoles and caught one. We looked at it for a little while trying to figure out what it was and then . . . it started voraciously munching the tadpoles! Nasty little thing.
Not to sound mean but that would get rid of some of the extra fry produced. I have never seen this diving beetle and I guess I am thinking of water boatman, wonder if they are similar.
I haven't seen anymore of them, maybe they all ate eachother lol
I thought it was cool to watch. They sound nasty!
We just had more visibly in the pond last week and now I don't see them anymore. I think they turned into the black beetle stage. I wonder if they're the ones that zoom all around on top of the water. . . . or my ducks found them.