Content tagged with "aquatic insect"

Water Striders

Photo of a single water strider
Aquarius remigis; also species in the genus Gerris
Also called “pond skaters” and “water spiders,” water striders are hard not to notice. Water-repellant hairs on the hind and middle legs allow these nimble insects to skate on the surface of the water. More

Water Striders

Image of water striders
Water striders. More

Whirligig Beetle (Side View)

Photo of whirligig beetle viewed from side
Whirligig beetles have two pairs of compound eyes: one pair above the water, and one pair below. This arrangement helps them quickly and accurately capture prey while also evading predators. More

Whirligig Beetle (Viewed From Above)

Photo of a whirligig beetle viewed from above
Whirligig beetles are oval, streamed, and usually blackish. The forelegs are long and slender; the middle and hind legs are short, flattened, and folded tightly under the body. More

Whirligig Beetles

Photo of a whirligig beetle viewed from above
Species in the beetle family Gyrinidae
Groups of these aquatic beetles swim on the surface of water in quick, random patterns, searching for food. They have two pairs of eyes—one pair above the water, and one pair below—which helps them to quickly and accurately capture their prey. More

Widow Skimmer, Female

Photo of a Widow Skimmer dragonfly, female
The widow skimmer, Libellula luctuosa, has distinctive dark wing markings that seem like mourning garb. Females and young males usually have brownish wingtips, and the abdomen has a brown stripe down the center flanked by two yellow stripes. More

Widow Skimmer, Male

Photo of a Widow Skimmer dragonfly, male
The widow skimmer, Libellula luctuosa, has distinctive dark wing markings that seem like mourning garb. Mature males have white areas in the center of their wings, beside the dark patches. More