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FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2010
11:37 AM

Post #7852221

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!

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

June 2, 2010
12:28 PM

Post #7852371

Ewwwww, I don't know...but I'll be watching this thread to find out!
LolaGypsy
Lilburn, GA

June 2, 2010
2:33 PM

Post #7852743

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)

good luck!
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

June 2, 2010
2:55 PM

Post #7852809

They are tadpoles!!
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2010
5:05 PM

Post #7853283

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?
LolaGypsy
Lilburn, GA

June 2, 2010
5:06 PM

Post #7853289

Could it be a newt?
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2010
5:07 PM

Post #7853293

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.
LolaGypsy
Lilburn, GA

June 2, 2010
5:09 PM

Post #7853297

That is exciting!!! Could you take more photos?
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2010
5:13 PM

Post #7853316

I can try but the boogers are fast!
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2010
5:19 PM

Post #7853330

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diving_beetle

HERE IT IS!!!

I did a search on 'larvae pond' on google, and whalla!

I did see a large beetle looking thingy a couple weeks ago, I wonder how they 'find' water like that?
LolaGypsy
Lilburn, GA

June 2, 2010
6:00 PM

Post #7853439

WOW! He turns into a handsome little guy!

Thank you for the link.:o)
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 2, 2010
6:57 PM

Post #7853574

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!
LolaGypsy
Lilburn, GA

June 2, 2010
8:18 PM

Post #7853845

EDIBLE?!?!

Blergh!

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

June 3, 2010
9:01 AM

Post #7854981

Uh, you can keep em LOL!
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 3, 2010
10:00 AM

Post #7855137

Nasty for sure.
zoneimpaired
Toronto, ON
(Zone 6b)

June 3, 2010
4:35 PM

Post #7856346

It looks like a leetch (hirudinea medicalis)
Robb
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 3, 2010
8:16 PM

Post #7857088

that's what I thought at first too.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

June 10, 2010
1:23 AM

Post #7874952

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.
C

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

June 15, 2010
8:56 PM

Post #7892364

That beetles lava doesn't look like a slug though..like your thing frillylily. Have you ever seen these beetles around your pond before?
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2010
9:02 PM

Post #7892382

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.
zoneimpaired
Toronto, ON
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2010
12:45 PM

Post #7894208

Sorry I didn't know it had legs... not a leech.
Robb
LolaGypsy
Lilburn, GA

June 16, 2010
1:11 PM

Post #7894291

Lilly, is the little guy still living in your pond?
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2010
3:35 PM

Post #7894639

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?
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2010
9:50 PM

Post #7936921

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...
larrisb
Mission Viejo, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 4, 2010
10:26 PM

Post #7943898

It looks like some sort of Dragonfly Larvae to me.
Having 'legs' and all! (six?)
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

July 5, 2010
10:17 AM

Post #7944911

it's a diving beetle
larrisb
Mission Viejo, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 6, 2010
5:48 PM

Post #7948338

o.k.
jenniealice
Fort Bragg, CA

March 5, 2011
9:33 PM

Post #8409393

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.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

March 6, 2011
12:09 AM

Post #8409506

Some diving beetles have a nasty bite.

crazy4brugs

crazy4brugs
Kansasville, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2011
7:22 AM

Post #8409886

They also like to eat baby fish.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

March 6, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8409895

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.

crazy4brugs

crazy4brugs
Kansasville, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2011
7:32 AM

Post #8409907

Here you go.

http://www.countrysideinfo.co.uk/successn/gdb.htm

FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 6, 2011
11:31 AM

Post #8410292

I haven't seen anymore of them, maybe they all ate eachother lol
I thought it was cool to watch. They sound nasty!

crazy4brugs

crazy4brugs
Kansasville, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2011
12:18 PM

Post #8410381

LOL
jenniealice
Fort Bragg, CA

March 29, 2011
5:41 PM

Post #8459174

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.

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