Ponds and Their Inhabitants. By: Gabe and Marc. Arrenures ( The red water mite).
By: Gabe and Marc
The red water mite is an aquatic animal that varies from 1 to 3mm. Water mites are similar to ticks in appearance and behavior. This gives people the assumption that they are related to ticks. Water mites normally live on algae. As adults they attach to immature insects and become parasitic. When gorged (or full of blood of their host) they drop off for awhile and find a new host.
The damselfly is an insect that lives near bodies of fresh water. It lays its eggs in water, and the nymph spends its life in water, where it feeds on aquatic plants. When the damselfly reaches adulthood it has a vibrantly colored abdomen, a pair of large, brightly colored eyes, and two pairs of wings, which makes it easy to mistake for a dragon fly. As an adult, the damselfly feeds on smaller insects, catching them with its legs. In all, damselflies live for six to seven months in the right conditions.