Too early to collect inverts?
Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:17 AM
I'm temporarily leaving it free of fish (but intend to see about finding some toad or green frog eggs; I have one green frog tadpole, but I lost my frogs over the winter along with my previous fish) in order to allow what was probably ich to die off.
I've dropped by a couple of ponds near me (one in Waltham and one in Lincoln), and saw no obvious backswimmers or aforementioned predacious larvae, and was wondering if I was looking at the wrong time or something? (Did catch a water boatman, though, earlier today)
It was during the day, and there were peeper's going. No idea if the timing of year or time of day was a problem, and it's not like I'm all that accustomed to attempting to catch them anyway!
I do appear to have a water strider in my pond as of yesterday (always cool!), but that's less helpful for the mosquito larvae.
Thoughts? Suggestions? I'm using a net I got from a fish store (because I had it around), as I figure these are big enough for that to work alright.
Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:55 AM
Posted 09 April 2014 - 01:10 PM
Posted 09 April 2014 - 03:59 PM
Use your net and jab/pull up at overhanging vegetation for most species. Gomphus larvae can be found in bottom sediments if you want to sift.
Ah! Thank you. I had forgotten that when I've accidentally pulled out the larvae, they were on hanging plants. And the sediments is also good to know.
Posted 25 April 2014 - 09:48 PM
Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:28 PM
For mosquito control in your [our] area, banded sunfish, E. obesus, is the best bet. You can find them dragging a dip net through shore line leaves and weeds in swampy ponds in your area. PM if you want some locations although they are common.
I'm guess it's still too cold or something, as a number of places that I tried earlier today had no luck. Or, I could just not know what I'm doing.
(Mystic Lake, Hardy Pond, a calm place on the Charles)
Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:28 PM
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Full disclosure, I did not catch this amazing moment, it was a friend of mine that saw this while out on a streamside walk the other day.
Posted 03 May 2014 - 08:35 PM
Actually, I found some damselfly larvae the other day, but no banded sunnies.
Of course, the temp in my pond - let alone deeper places, is still around 50F. Ridiculous spring this year...
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