Tasty Treats?

Apologies in advance for the slightly gruesome post …

I spotted this tadpole today getting captured. I know it’s sad for the tadpole, but Diving Beetle larvae need to eat too! There are hundreds, if not thousands, of tadpoles in the village pond at the moment, so if we don’t want a plague of frogs, this kind of thing needs to happen.

Diving Beetle larva eating a tadpole

I also saw several Dragonfly larvae stalking tadpoles so the numbers will be going down and down. Dragonfly larvae seem to be very difficult to get a shot of as they blend into the sediment at the bottom of the pond as soon as they stop moving. The photo below is my only half-decent shot of one, and you can barely see it. Honest, that is a living thing not just a pile of sediment.

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Dragonfly larva (honestly!)

If you’re up for some more insects and bugs having their dinner, here’s a few more from past years:

Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly eating a spider
It’s a fly eat fly world
Spiked Shieldbug eating a caterpillar

 

Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Dinnertime

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17 thoughts on “Tasty Treats?

      1. The fly must have been so interested in his dinner to let you that close. I just realised that you posted in response to the photo challenge this week. Very original entry!

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  1. WoW!!! What great captures!! I’m so impressed with that top photo as well as the dragonfly eating away! I have never had the fortune of seeing a dragonfly snacking away!! Well, done… I really enjoyed this one!! 😉

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