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Old 08-10-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
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While visiting my pond today, I spotted what, at first, I thought were tadpoles. Upon closer examination, I thought they must be some type of arthropod. I grabbed the camera, but didn't get any very clear shots.

After uploading the pictures I did a little investigation online. There were some photos of baby crayfish that almost looked like what I saw (but I hadn't noticed the claws on my critter). Another photo was of a damselfly nymph which made me wonder if my first assumption was wrong. I don't think it looks enough like the damselfly nymph...so, I'd like to hear what you all think.

If I can get a better focused photo later on, I'll add it here, but for now:

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FSC (Field Studies Council) - Life in Freshwater <-- The second photo down does look a lot like what I have...I think I just can't see the legs.
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I think your right with damselfly nymph. the only other thing I could think of would a stone fly or mayfly nymph but I believe they have stouter bodies and prefer running water.
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I think your right with damselfly nymph. the only other thing I could think of would a stone fly or mayfly nymph but I believe they have stouter bodies and prefer running water.

Thanks, recurve. After uploading the picture, it looked a lot more like the damselfly than a crayfish.
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I can't be positive, but I'd agree on the damselfly ID. They have 3 feather-like gills at the end of their abdomen. Very cool and congrats!
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I can't be positive, but I'd agree on the damselfly ID. They have 3 feather-like gills at the end of their abdomen. Very cool and congrats!
Thanks, bridget. I didn't realize those were its gills.

From what I've read, it is a predator as a nymph and not just an adult. I guess any tadpoles that may show up in my pond will not have as easy a time growing up as I'd thought.
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Especially if you get the LARGE dragonflies reproducing.
Sorry, but Rolly polly poly guts make for a great feast.
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Well, one reason I was discouraged from introducing fish (native minnows is what I had in mind) was to help ensure that frogs and toads could reproduce in greater numbers, so I wasn't thinking about them being preyed upon by insect predators.

I may still want fish in my final large pond (if I ever make that one)...and, maybe even bluegills or something if I'm within their native range. The other day, while walking, I spotted a kingfisher at a local stream; it got me thinking how cool it would be to see them in my back yard...not that I'm crazy about seeing anything get killed.
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Bluegills multiply really fast and will eat everything............. I wouldn't add them if you want frogs and dragonflies!
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Bluegills multiply really fast and will eat everything............. I wouldn't add them if you want frogs and dragonflies!
Okay...it was a passing thought. I would be satisfied with minnows. I know I enjoy watching fish...and I'm hoping that they won't be as destructive (eating everything).
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