Early arrivals in the pond

Our pond, though not full, is already attracting lots of life. I’m not convinced some of it really intended to be in there, but even so, it is already a very interesting place to visit.

Different coloured Ground Beetles considering a future together on their rock island
These beetles were living on a temporary island made from a rock. Their island wasn’t going to survive for long, as we had the sudden realisation that there was a water-butt full of rain water just waiting for us to top up the pond with it.
Pond Skater who has moved in from his temporary home in the wheelbarrow
The Pond Skater has now moved in from his temporary home in the wheelbarrow, and seems quite content in the pond
Spider who seems quite at home messing about in the pond
This Spider seems quite at home messing about in the pond and despite my first thought that he was unable to get out, he seemed to be able to come and go as he pleased … and just liked it in there 🙂
Peculiar thing waving its tail at me
I’ve no idea what this peculiar thing waving its tail at me might be. Some kind of larva maybe? He seemed happy sitting on a rock in the pond.
Non-specific beetle beating a hasty retreat up my helpfully placed twig
This unknown beetle decided to beat a hasty retreat up my helpfully placed twig, as it realised the water level was rising, and the rock island was shrinking.
Ground Beetle contemplating the future
The shiny Ground Beetle stayed on the rock island until the bitter end, contemplating the future, until it was assisted out of harm’s way. The island is now under water.
Weevil observing the pond water from a rock
A tiny weevil observed the rising pond water from another rock, before making himself scarce before he came into any danger
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