Thursday, 24 May 2012

Great Diving Beetle

I had taken the 50D out in the garden as I had spotted a Sparrowhawk fly past. No sign of the bird so I checked the pond for signs of life. What a surprise. There basking on a lily pad in the glorious sunshine was a Great Diving Beetle. It stayed long enough to get a few shots before diving to the bottom. That was the first indication that there were any diving beetles in my garden pond. I never know what is going to turn up next and often wonder how the various creatures arrive in the first place.

Great Diving Beetle  (Dytiscus Marginalis):
Great Diving Beetle


  1. Just goes to show what amazing wildlife a pond can hold John!
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  2. Super photo of the Great Diving Bettle John

  3. Cracking photo John! I too have often wondered how some of the inhabitants of garden ponds get there in the first place.

    1. Thank you Jan. It can be a puzzle. Those that fly or go walkabout are easy to understand. I suppose paddling birds can pick up the eggs of some creatures by accident.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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