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A malee of mating frogs

I got the identification of this frog wrong when I first posted this particular blog post. Apologies to readers (and to the frogs!) and thank you Miguel who pointed it out. It has taken me a while to make the changes. I have been back to see these frogs again at the airport at La Coruna and may follow up with some more photographs.

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Marsh frog (Rana ridibunda) floating on a pond surface Perez’s frog floating on a pond surface

Marsh frog (Rana ridibunda) mating Perez’s frog (Pelpphylax perezi) mating

Whilst I was waiting for a flight back to London at the small airport at La Coruna, in northwest Spain, I went for a walk outside the terminal building and found a pond full of mating frogs! It was a nice way to spend the time waiting for my flight and I was able to watch and photograph the frogs in the Spring sunshine. Spring was certainly in the air for these frogs, which are Perez’s frog, also known as Iberian waterfrog, Iberian green frog, or Coruna frog (Pelophylax perezi) (1) and they were croaking away and hurling themselves at each other with abandon!

Marsh frog (Rana ridibunda) leaping Perez’s frogs leaping

This was presumably their mating ritual, although most of the leaps ended in one frog colliding into another, or missing it completely as the other frog swiftly moved out of the…

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I am a retired entomologist with a background in quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates and 17 years with the Food and Environment Research Agency. My main interests now are natural history, photography, painting and bird watching.

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