Living With Water Striders

Water Strider

Water Strider

Water striders are usually seen walking on water and skating on the surface with their legs. Most water striders are capable of walking on land a short distance from the water. They are known to migrate to closeby ponds by walking. Water striders are also capable of diving and swimming under water. In turbulent water or during encounters with raindrops, water striders may be forced underwater. They typically move awkwardly through the water until they resurface. Female water striders may completely submerge and dive underwater to lay their eggs on plants or rocks. Newly emerged immatures start life underwater, but quickly move to the surface to rest on the surface water where they are most comfortable.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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