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Water Strider

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Gerris remigis
Water Strider


There are many different species and they are found all over North America.


They live on ponds and the calm edges of streams.

Body Traits

They have a thin, flat, body with long, thin legs. The back legs are much longer than the front legs. Tiny hairs on their legs keep water from reaching them and helps make the “water tension” that holds them up. They have no wings if they become adults in the summer. If they come out in the fall, they may have wings.


They “skate” on water's surface using the water tension to hold them up.


They eat insects that land on the water. Both young phase and adult form have a “beak” that they stab prey with and suck out their juices.

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Females lay eggs under water or on things that float by on the water. Young hatch out and live under water for a phase (larvae or nymph). They also eat insects.

Water Strider


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Gerromorpha
Family: Gerridae
Genus:  Gerris
Species: G. remigis

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