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Water Boatman “Singing” Underwater

It is amazing how many sounds there are in a pond. One of the most common, and loudest, is the water boatman which can sometimes be heard from the edge of the pond. It is the male that sings by rubbing parts of the body together. The recording here was made using a home-made hydrophone placed in a local pond. There are two boatmen singing in the recording, one close to the hyrophone and a fainter, further away insect.

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Parasitoids & parasites

A parasitoid lives within a host and ultimately kills or sterilises it, a parasite simply lives off its host's resources.

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