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These are adults, not larvae
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
thanks Jonathan. I'll try to get a better picture,its good to know what they actually are.
The black patches are the resting eggs (ephippia) that water fleas produce when conditions are deteriorating, such as over-crowded or drying out. They act like a seed bank. They can stand drying out and can pass through the gut of a duck unharmed, so they are the dispersal mechanism.
That's fascinating, John. I have read about these resting eggs, but actually seeing them is something else! Thanks for sharing this information with us, and welcome to iSpot!
Dear Jonathan, have just put some more detailed pics up, you can really see the eggs now.
Dear John, thanks for the info on water fleas, we didn't know that they were carrying eggs so we went back to the pond and captured some. I have just made a new file of a more detailed pic of one.
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