|moss and lichen|
We have had generations of tadpoles now and in summer the 'plonk' of amorous frogs fills the evening air.
This year - a La Nina - the frogs have been extra amorous and we probably have more tadpoles in the pond than ever. Our frogs are striped marsh frogs.
|Native violets - Viola hederacea|
Today, I visited the pond for a bit of therapeutic pond staring, and what did I see? New pond life! With its characteristic mode of movement, I new exactly what it was immediately. A leech.
|amorous striped marsh frogs in the pond|
Suddenly a whole lot of scenarios filled my head.Will the frogs or the dragonfly nymphs eat leeches? Or will my frogs suffer from leech bites? Will I have to search my cat's nostrils for leeches? Apparently that is where dogs and cats often get a leech. That would be horrible. Will El Nino deal with them? If so, bring on the next drought! I will have to do some research.
I did hear the other day on the radio that Sydney is having a leech plague at the moment because of the very wet summer. Does anyone else share my unwelcomed pond life?