Water Strider

Gerris marginatus

This aquatic bug is sometimes also called a water skipper or pond skater for an obvious reason—it spends most of its life on the water surface! Its long mid and hind legs spread body weight over a large area and are coated with tiny air-trapping hairs providing pontoon-like floatation.

 

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: 1 year
ecological roleEcological Role: Predator
habitatHabitat: Ponds and streams
dietDiet: Small insects