Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Water Beetles

Garth Foster, who was here about a week ago, has sent me an account of his survey of the water beetles in the ponds. He found 23 different species, of which two were particularly notable.
The beetle on the left is Acilius canaliculatus. This is a first record for East Perthshire.

As you can see I have copied the photograph from a site on the Internet. I am grateful to biopix (www.biopix.dk) for this.

The waterbeetle on the left is the other one of special interest in our pond. It is called Donacia obscura. I am grateful to Josef Hlasek for the use of this photograph.


There is a fair amount of Mare's Tail (Hippuris vulgaris) around the ponds.

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