Lady Mantle went fishing today. More accurately she went skimming. The pond has become a little green in recent weeks, caused by a film of dastardly duckweed, not an ideal look for a healthy water feature. So Her Ladyship put on her wellies (for aesthetic affect only, she didn’t actually enter the water, although it was touch and go on occasion, and if she had gone in the wellies wouldn’t have helped much, but I did have my camera primed just in case, you really can’t miss these opportunities, and no I wasn’t wishing, well OK maybe a little) armed herself with her trusty fishing net and set to work.
Each net was examined for creatures which had been inadvertently transported from the depths to the light of day and these were quickly returned. LM left piles of aquatic vegetation poolside, giving easy access for the critters that were missed to return back to their preferred habitat. Here are a few that had a more exciting day than they perhaps were planning on.
A zillion tadpoles:
A dragonfly nymph:
A shiny water beetle (and friend):
Three newts, or perhaps one newt desperate for attention:
And most exciting of all, a fine example of the very rare Exmoor Frogus plasticus:
Keep this last one to yourself, we don’t want to cause a commotion.