Sunday, 8 September 2013

Ponder At Pond Life

While I was on the Isle of Wight I went and visited Mary's garden pond next door to my daughter's home.  She had told me she had seen a large green Dragonfly and as I had never seen one, I went to see if it would return.  Unfortunately it didn't however I took these photographs and I thought I would show you them.





Common Darter Male


Waterlily









Common Darter  Juvenile male  




I have put this photo in here to show you the size of this insect against the fountain fosset.


Can you see it now?


This is a close up of it.  It is a Pond Skater Gerris lacutris


I hope you enjoyed this post. 
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40 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, and how nice to be on the Isle of Wight. I hope to do the same someday. What a pretty pond. Is that netting over the top, or is it wire? What is its purpose? Sorry I can't identify the insect.

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    1. Wow! Just emailed your reply and answer and now the reply button is working!!! Yes it is netting over the pond because there is Grey Heron that keeps stealing the fish!! Thanks for comment.

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  2. Great captures! I am really terrible at dragonfly ID .... and I always call you little "bug" on the water a skimmer - because they always seem to skim the water - but I'm sure that is not what it is called :)

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  3. What a lovely water feature! We've added one here and it makes the world a better place:)

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  4. HI Chris Yes the pond is lovely although quite small. I am sure attracts Dragonflies etc. Thanks for comment.

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  5. Hi Margaret, the Common Darter is more likely an Immature Male.

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    1. Hi tex yes it was lovely thanks for comment

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  7. That looks like a nice little pond that you friend has there Margaret, I wish I had room in my garden for one, it's amazing how much wildlife they bring in. It's a shame that you didn't find the 'green' dragonfly, but you're spot on with the ID's of the others. the other little bug is a Pond Skater (gerris lacustris)

    I've been reading your other posts from your holiday (sorry, I've been busy over the last week or so and was not able to comment at the time of posting!) It looks like you had a fully packed itinerary and visited lot's of interesting places and you captured some great images along the way...[;o)

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  8. Margaret, the bug doing the Jesus impersonation is a Pond Skater.

    This is a wonderful pond.

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  9. yes thats a lovely pond set up , looks like you have Heron trouble like me , with the net.



    peter

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  10. Beautiful photos and a great pond. Your insect on the water looks like a Pond Skater to me. Garden ponds are great features for bringing wildlife into the garden.

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  11. Hi Folks M rePly button won't work so -

    Adrian, glad you liked the pond,

    Roy did you meanone of the females was an immature male?

    RR Thanks for ID adn glad you liked the pond post.

    Peter Yes heron's can be troublesome at ponds

    Trevor Many thanks for Iding the insect and confirming the rest for me. I was cross with myself as I had forgotten Mary had a pond and could have been there everyday looking for the green Dragonfly but only remembered 2 days before leaving!!! yes I took a ot of shots adn I have still some to come!!! ope no one is getting fed up of the I.O.W. shots.

    THANKS YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMMENTS. i APPRECIATE EVERY SINGLE ONE. THANKS

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  12. Your large insect is a Water Skimmer. LOVE the water lilies, and also the wonderful dragonflies!!

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    1. Thanks you for your input and comments and I am glad you loved the water lilies

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  13. Nice shots of this beautiful water garden.

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  14. Looks like a pond skater to me too and I'd agree about the young male too. Lovely photos, particularly those water lilies.

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  15. HI Em Thanks for ID and comments. Glad you enjoyed the water lilies

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  16. The neighbour is so kind to let you in her wonderful garden. Lovely things in nature are there.

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    1. HI Bob She was delighted that I was photographig her pond etc. thanks for comment.

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  17. Such a gorgeous pond - somewhere to sit and dream. Thank you.

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    1. Hi EC Thanks for comments and glad you enjoyed dreaming at the pond!

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  18. That first photo is lovely. You got some great captures of the water lilies, too, as well as of the dragonflies, That close-up of the pond skater is pretty neat, with the reflection in the water.

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  19. Hi Margaret, Beautiful water garden photos. I love waterlilies.... We saw some beauties recently at Biltmore House and Gardens...

    By the way, a survey was done asking people how many come BACK to a blog to read the reply comments... VERY FEW do --including me. I have so many blogs to visit that I do well getting to someone's blog ONCE.... Just thought you may want to know...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  20. We have exactly the same kind of waterlily here in Japan...........

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    1. Wow! I wonder what the name of it is? Thanks for comment.

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  21. a lovely pond and nice to see the darter too

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  22. What a gorgeous group of images and such a pretty pond!!

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    1. Hi Debbie Thanks for comments and glad you enjoyed the images and pond.

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  23. Hi Linda Yes I am gld you metioned the Skater, i thought it was great also!! Many thanks for comments and I am glad you enjoyed them.

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  24. what a beautiful pond, and your photos are super, love the dragonfly

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    1. HI Lynn Glad you liked the pond and Dragonflyand thanks for comment.

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  25. What awesome photos. I really like the dragonfly.

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    1. HI BL Thanks you for our comments and glad you liked the Dragonfly

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  26. Nice little pond - I wonder how many species depend on these little patches of habitat these days.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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    1. Hi Stewart Thanks you for our comments and glad you liked pond adn yes I also wonder about that.

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