All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Water Strider</strong> 
<em>Gerris remigis</em> / Hemiptera
These are fascinating insects, they can walk on water! Their long legs have tiny hairs on the ends that evenly distribute the insect's weight allowing it to walk on the surface tensi...
Water Strider
Gerris remigis / Hemiptera
These are fascinating insects, they can walk on water! Their long legs have tiny hairs on the ends that evenly distribute the insect's weight allowing it to walk on the surface tension of the water. They are in the order "Hemiptera", meaning they are true bugs. They have piercing mouthparts, so they can bite! The adults have wings and can fly. The nymphs look much like the adults, but they don't have wings. It is easy to see the indentions in the surface tension from this Water strider's shadow.

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