Colymbetes fuscus and Rhantus frontalis diving beetles

A few shots from July, taken with my photographic aquarium set up, of a couple of medium sized diving beetle species. First up Colymbetes fuscus. I also photographed this smaller Rhantus sp. probably Rhantus frontalis. Related posts: Water louse, bloodworm, Rhantus suturalis diving beetle and Limnephilus rhombicus caddisfly larva Dytiscus diving beetle larva Lesser diving…

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Letter to my MP on the badger cull

Dear Andrew Rosindell I am writing to you to express my concerns over government plans to cull badgers. The current plans to cull badgers seem to be scientifically unjustified, as trails (the Krebs trail for example) have shown their effectiveness for bTB control seems to be minimal and in some cases make the problem worse.…

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Backswimmer nymph and smooth newt tadpole

A couple from back in April. Thus smooth newt tadpole was fully developed so must have overwintered as a tadpole. There were also a number of small backswimmer (Notonecta) nymphs. Related posts: Small Backswimmer Notonecta viridis, newt tadpole and water boatman Smooth newt tadpole Lissotriton vulgaris anopheline mosquito larvae and smooth newt tadpole Broad bodied…

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Hydrophilidae larva, backswimmer, pond skater and scarce emerald damselfly nymphs

A few more pond creature aquarium photography shots. First up this small (1cm) Crawling water beetle (Hydrophilidae) larva. The nymph of a backswimmer. A pond skater nymph And a close up of a scarce emerald damselfly (Lestes dryas) nymph. Related posts: Scarce emerald damselfly nymph Lestes dryas Lesser diving beetle larva Acilius eating Backswimmer Notonecta…

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Moorhens

Last weekend I popped into the London Wetland Centre in Barnes. There were lots of captive waterfowl to see as ever, but also lots of moorhens running in and around the enclosures. One was on the wall of the eider enclosure Before jumping down. There were plenty feeding around on the grass and I got…

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Eider

Back in March I popped into Seahouses on the way back from Scotland, to photograph the resident eiders there and got my best shots yet of this species. A male posed nicely in the harbour. And a group came close outside the harbour wall. The female posed nicely too. Related posts: Mandarin Duck Red grouse…

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