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Predator Pond: Time to grow a pair…..

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Well, things are really heating up in the Predator Pond.  The race is on to see if the frogs can grow a pair…of legs and hop to safety before the predators clean them out!!

Video of a Dragon fly larvae in action, this guy is as big as a newt, about 4 inches long…

Click to play video of a Dragon Fly larvae on the hunt

Meanwhile the tadpoles are busy feeding up and growing legs  to hop to safety

 

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I reckon there must be 40-50 dragon flies in the pond..

Some of the more tranquil moments…

Predator pond…On the hunt

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Tadpole for tea!!

Tadpole didn’t stand a chance

Well, things have really heated up in the Predator Pond.

Newts on the prowl…

Razor jaws of the Dragon Fly larvae snaring tadpoles…

and Great Diving beetles joining the hunt…

While the Tadpoles themselves are alive and well…

 

The Dragon Flies are starting to emerge…

 

Not often seen, cause they’re supposed to be shy. Here the newts show that once they’re at home they are quite the formidable hunter…

 

We also had some visitors of the human kind to the pond this week.  Cindy is working on a cool new project with the guys at KoralSea on using tropical corals as bone scaffold.  And Linda was out to check on how the new innovations at Advance Science are helping the honey bees…

 

 

Not to be outdone the Greater Diving Beetles joined the fray…

Don’t tell Linda the pond skaters like her bees too

 

 

Predator Pond…Easter break

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a._Feeding Frenzy

The pond is well and truly coming to life after the spell of good weather.

We had over 30 frogs come to visit earlier in the spring and have an explosion of tadpoles.  Check out the video link above of the tadpoles in a feeding frenzy.  Who would have thought it, eh?

Lee Martin came to visit to catch a few pond critters and see some of natures best architects at work…

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The gallery of the caddis larvae, and some of the really cool houses they build

 

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