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water cricket

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A predatory water bug that runs on the surface film of water, related to the pond skater but with shorter legs.
  • Family Veliidae, suborder Heteroptera: several genera, in particular Velia.
Example sentences
  • Every few seconds a water cricket would go up to one of the whirligigs and touch it, causing the beetle to swim away only to be met by another cricket.
  • Other creatures inhabiting the surface film of bog pools are pond skaters, water measurers and water crickets.
  • I'm used to water crickets because I have some in my basement, but not this big.

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