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Common pond skater

Gerris lacustris

Description:
The pond skater is a water-based insect with an elongated greyish body of up to 10 millimetres, long antennae and slender legs. It has a black thorax outlined in yellow. The front legs are pale in colour with black stripes.

Habitat:
Pond skaters are common inhabitants of ponds and other still waters. They move across the surface of the water with a rowing or jumping motion. Pond skaters winter under moss, among rocks and in other sheltered spots.

Habits:
As they move over the water, pond skaters use their long, hydrophobic hind legs to spread their weight over a large surface area, as well as to steer. They feed on insects that fall onto the water surface.

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