Water strider

Water strider

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Credit: HERMANN EISENBEISS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Water strider. Water strider, or pond-skater (Gerris paludum), resting on still water. This predatory insect has a dense layer of fine hairs on its feet which allow it to stand on the water using the water's surface tension. The water strider has six legs; the two forelegs are used for catching prey, the middle legs are laid flat on the water and used to row the insect along, while the hind legs offer support and steering. The water strider feeds on insects which fall onto water.

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Keywords: animal, balance, balancing, carnivore, gerris paludum, insect, insecta, insectivore, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, pond-skater, predator, surface tension, water, water strider, wildlife, zoology

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