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the product of 5 mins net dipping in my garden pond 2 days back.
i've had newts active in the pond since january.
the problem is the plant leaves haven't developed enough yet for egg laying.

p.s. can anyone identify the (slowmoving) bug?
the bottom of my pond seems to be crawling with them.




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Hi Latrichi
The bug is a dragonfly nymph/larvae although I can't id the species.

You could try using cut strips of bin bag tied to small twigs or canes as an alternative egg laying material for the newts. Hopefully the newts will use the strips in the same way as plant leaves.

Hope that helps
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Hi,
I've just found a 3 inch long newt in my water butt and wish to relocate it. Can anyone tell me what would be the best place to move it to as I don't know what they eat so cant put it near food etc.
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From the first newts of the year, to the last!
November is almost here and I have a fair few smooth newt tadpoles left in my pond.
Scooping with a net will always land a couple each time.
Can i assume that those left will now be overwintering?
I'm thinking about fishing the rest out and keeping them indoors in a tank, to avoid them freezing (pond is fairly large, but also fairly shallow at 8' * 6' * 1.5')
Would the warmer climate indoors restart the metamorphisis process?
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Originally posted by lalchitri lalchitri wrote:

 

 can anyone identify the (slowmoving) bug?
the bottom of my pond seems to be crawling with them.

As has already been said, it`s an Odonata nymph.  From the picture it could be one of a few species, but the most likely is Sympetrum striolatum  the common darter dragonfly.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lalchitri Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2008 at 11:08am
30 odd neonates i netted out whilst cleaning my pond of leaves on friday 21st nov


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Found no trace of those November neonates during Dec-Jan.
Either the cold killed them or they all metamorphed.
Also spotted first smooth newt of the year today.
A male was seen darting through the water on a sunny, pleasant day.
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Originally posted by herpetologic herpetologic wrote:

Any other sightings ovr December or January?

 

 

Hi Jon,

 

A delayed response but a smooth newt was seen in a garden pond owned by a friend in Abergavenny at the end of last week (Jan 23rd)  and frog spawn was found in Neath yesterday (28th) and a few days old at least.

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Result of one hours netting in my pond yesterday.
Seems some of the neonates did survive the cold spell, though also found a couple of dead ones.
This pic has an adult (male i think) and 6 neonates.
Also came across 4 common frogs.


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