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Observed: August 17, 2011 @ 1:00 PM
Posted on: August 17, 2011 @ 1:30 PM (diff: 0 days)
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The water strider (also known as the pond skater) is a true bug that can run across the surface of water. It lives on ponds and slow-running streams. It rarely goes underwater. The underside of the body is covered with water-repellent hair. At first glance, water striders appear to have only two pairs of legs. On closer inspection, the "missing" (first) pair, is shorter and held in front of the insect, typically resting on the surface film. This front pair of legs is used to detect ripples in the surface film from struggling insects, much as a spider detects vibrations in the web with its legs. The first legs also serve to grasp and handle the prey.

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