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Water bug of some sort
April 12, 2010
On my hiking trip to Eastern Samaria (north-east of Jerusalem, Israel) on April 9-10, 2010 I came across this hemipteran. There were lots of them skating on the water of a spring, but they don’t look like water striders and I wasn’t able to find out what they are. Any ideas?
Eastern Samaria, Israel

Water Cricket

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More Water Striders
November 24, 2009
Hi Bugman,
I saw your comment about the dearth of water striders on WTB, so I thought I’d send these your way. The first one I’m pretty sure is Aquarius remigis based on images on BugGuide and its large size. According to BugGuide this is one of the largest and most common water striders in North America. The second one looks like something different though, based on the white markings on the thorax and abdomen. My best guess is something in the genus Gerris but there’s only one image on BugGuide that looks close. Both of these were found in August 2008, running around on Cascade Creek, Minnesota in large groups.
Joel Gardner (clickbeetle)
Cascade Creek (near Grand Marais, MN)

Water Strider:  Aquarius remigis

Water Strider: Aquarius remigis

Hi Joel,
Thanks so much for your wonderful contribution of additional Water Strider images for our website.

Water Strider:  Gerris species

Water Strider: Gerris species

November 20, 2009
The following water bug pix were taken at Hans Botel Cottage, Cape Coast, Ghana.

Water Striders from Ghana

Water Striders from Ghana

Dear AJ,
The spareness of your words is amusing.  Our readership tends to be hungry for information, and your succinct entries just leaves them salivating for more.  These are Water Striders, aquatic True Bugs that skate on the surface of ponds and other bodies of water, waiting for insects to fall in which they feed upon.  Though Water Striders in the family Gerridae are quite common in North America and other places around the world, this posting represents a brand new category for our site that previously experienced a noticeable dearth of Water Strider images.

Water Striders

Water Striders