North American term for pond skater and water cricket.
- Scientists soon realized that the water strider's hydrophobic legs and undersides, coupled with its small size (typical length is about one centimeter / 0.4 inch), are what keep it from drowning.
- They found that the water strider's legs are so buoyant, they can support 15 times the insect's weight without it sinking.
- Watch a water strider skitter about in staccato bursts, its middle pair of legs doing the rowing and the hind legs steering, its short forelegs ready for catching prey.
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