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Watch out for water boatmen in garden ponds

Watch out for water boatmen in garden ponds

Eagle-eyed owners of garden ponds may spot water boatmen this summer.

A wildlife blogger has recounted the simple pleasures of watching insects skirt along the surface of garden ponds.

Writing for Cambridge News, Neil Renwick said he has spotted water boatmen (WB) making his garden pond their home.

At the same time, there has been a lack of nymphs in the water feature - something the columnist thinks may be linked to the abundance of WB.

He remarked: "WB … could eat small nymphs. I wonder if my eyes will be sharp enough to see what the WB eat."

Mr Renwick has also spotted damselflies in and around his garden pond, raising hopes that nymph eggs may have been deposited by the water, ready to hatch next year.

The past month has been a popular time to watch flies and nymphs in garden ponds - National Insect Week was held between June 21st and 27th 2010.

A number of events took place, including pond dipping and activity sessions at venues across the UK.

Posted by Olivia Rose
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Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010, 11:50am

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