A remarkably warm session at parkrun this morning meant that I spent an hour or so in the garden afterwards just trying to stop sweating! I made good use of my time though, as I was able to get up close and personal with some bugs.. as you do on a sunny Saturday morning!
The pond is currently home to quite a number of pond skaters. They just drift around waiting for an insect to land on the water, or fall in. They then react to the ripples caused by the struggling prey item, whizz over and plunge their spike of a mouthpart into it – killing it and sucking it dry..
One of them was finishing off what I think was an ant..