Friday, March 2
As I passed the garden pond yesterday I heard the unmistakeable sound of frisky frogs. The throaty croaking sound was being produced by a large male frog who was holding on tightly to his chosen mate. Hopefully for him it was a female as amorous male frogs will grasp on to any moving object including other male frogs. The fish were curious and kept swimming up for a closer look at what was going on. A wise fish wouldn't risk being at such close quarters to a male frog whose hormones were tingling. In the absence of a suitable female an amorous male frog will latch on to a fish which can cause a problem especially if he covers the fishes gill slits. Once attached he is almost impossible to shake off so can drown the fish.
I'm not sure whether the onlooker is another male or female frog but they obviously don't know that three is a crowd. I'm guessing the gooseberry is a female as a male would as likely or not pile on top in an attempt to dislodge the competition.
If that wasn't enough romance for one day, down on the plot the ladybirds were also feeling frisky
This time at least those not involved had the decency to look away! Whilst I was busy with the stills camera Martyn filmed all the action and has posted on his blog here. I must warn you though his video isn't suitable for anyone with a nervous disposition as it doesn't just show ladybirds.
Isn't it amazing what a little sunshine can set in motion.
Posted by Sue Garrett at 10:15 a.m.