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Water Striders

Water striders.

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Water Striders

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.

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Whirligig Beetle (Side View)

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.

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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.

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Photo of a whirligig beetle viewed from above

Whirligig Beetles

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.

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Widow Skimmer, 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.

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Photo of a Widow Skimmer dragonfly, male

Widow Skimmer, 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.

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