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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.

Water Strider side view

Did You Know?

The water strider's legs are so buoyant they can support fifteen times the insect’s weight without sinking. Their legs are more buoyant than even ducks’ feathers.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Aquarius remigis

United States

Ponds and streams

1 year

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Small insects