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Will my newts return to breed?

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Hi Martin,

I think Suzi's referring to the dragonflies as being 'not such good guys' rather than the newts ;)

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Got any idea how mant taddies an Emporer Dragonfly nymph consumes before it leaves the pond?  Last year I counted at least 20 'whoppers' [nymphs] in the pond, there would have been more I am sure.  I witnessed laying by Adults in summer too so I know I wil have a few this year.  Should i interfere? what are your thoughts guys?
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Martin,

I don't have a clue how many tadpoles a dragonfly consumes before it leaves the pond, but it's probably fair to say quite alot!. They are certainly voracious predators. Personally I would leave the dragonfly larvae there and let the food chain take it's course. It's reasons like this why amphibians generally lay so many eggs I think. 

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