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Water skeeter

I know it's not the proper name...but it's what we called them as children, probably since they resembled a mosquito on the water. I think they are more properly known as water skimmers, or something like that. Not a great shot since I was standing on a small bridge about 4 metres above it...


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The Water strider, (also known as: Skater, Pond Skater, Jesus Bug, Water Skeeter, water scooter, water skater, and Skimmer) is any of a number of predatory insects in the family Gerridae that rely on the surface tension of water to walk on top of it. They live on the surface of ponds, slow streams, marshes, and other quiet waters and can move very quickly (up to 1 m/s) over the surface of water.


Aquarius remigis (formerly known as Gerris remigis) is one of the species in Gerridae known as a water strider.




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Taken on October 5, 2008