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As your pond becomes established, these are some of the more common insects and wild life you will find living and breeding in a wildlife pond frogs, toads, newts, leeches and boatmen.
The Common Newt
The Common Newt can be found throughout England. It prefers to live in garden ponds with lots of pond weed and without fish, It spends more time on land than in water and thrives in an environment that is surrounded by lots of vegetation. I have even found common newts under a concrete path I was breaking up, with no pond in sight.
Common blue damselfly
The male Damselfly has a blue abdomen with black spots; the female, a yellow or bluish abdomen with variable dark markings and is common throughout England. Between May and September you will see the pair resting on vegetation near the wildlife pond. and flying together over the pond, mating and laying eggs on pond plants, just below the surface of the water.
The eggs hatch and the larvae, called nymphs, live in the pond until they are ready to climb up a plant stem to moult into damselflies.
A dragonfly is a double winged insect similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest.
Dragonflies eat mosquitoes and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, wasps, but very rarely butterflies, so should be encouraged around your wildlife pond. They are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae, like the damselfly, known as "nymphs", are also aquatic. There are over 5000 different species of dragonflies so impossible to list them all here but If you want to know more, google dragonfly and find lots of sites with good information.
The Common Water Boatman
The Medicinal Leech