Thursday, April 03, 2008
There is a pretty good chance that more rain will fall here this weekend and that is good for my very shallow pond. With an average depth of about one foot right now, it wouldn't seem to be much of a pond, but it has most of the drama of larger water bodies.
Everything is simply scaled down for the moment. In the absence of large fish, the top predators patrolling the clear water are small creatures. In fact, two of the most fearsome predators down there are just babies yet.
The fishing spider above is only a youngster. There's no great size reference in the photo, but this spider should be about triple it's present size when it is an adult.
He's underwater, it's just really clear and about 6 inches deep.
Not my best photo, but here's another top predator who's still a baby. This predacious diving beetle larvae was incredibly busy, bustling about, snooping under twigs and leaves in the water as it searched for prey. For those of you who clicked on that link ... wow, don't you wish you could draw like Gina?
This diving beetle is a case of being bigger as a larvae than you are as an adult, which is not that weird in the insect world, but it's a bit odd to a humanoid like me.