Subject: water striders
Location: Riverbend Park, Fairfax, Virginia
April 3, 2015 7:09 am
I found these water striders in a quiet part of a small stream going into the Potomac River in Riverbend Park, Virginia. They are clasping each other, but isn’t it a bit early for mating? If you can identify the species that would be great, too. Thank you for your wonderful site.
Thanks for sending in your wonderful image of a Water Strider, an aquatic insect that is able to disperse its weight so that it can skate across the surface of the water without breaking the tension.
Hi Daniel –
It looks like somehow you only got one of the water strider images I sent; here is the photo that may have gotten lost, showing one strider clasping another:
Hi again Seth,
Thanks so much for forwarding what appears to be a mating or courtship image of a pair of Water Striders.