Minute orange water bugs

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Minute orange water bugs

small orange creaturesIn my small backyard pond in southern Ontario, there are bright orange-red water bugs.  Some are 1 mm.  Eyes are visible but no legs, yet.  There are millions of these free swimmers/floaters. Will I and my neighbors be inundated with biting insects or are they beneficial?  Judy

Minute orange water bugs

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Minute orange water bugs

Hi Judy, Those are daphnia, a kind of crustacean.  Harmless. They are full grown and won’t leave the water. If you know anyone with an aquarium, they make great fish food. Tom