A long, thin aquatic bug which walks slowly on the surface film of water and spears small prey with its beak.
- Genus Hydrometra, family Hydrometridae, suborder Heteroptera: several species.
- Has a broader body than the water measurer and a considerably shorter head, which has largish eyes.
- Right, the water measurer prepares to climb the mensicus by drying its non-wetting claws.
- Other creatures inhabiting the surface film of bog pools are pond skaters, water measurers and water crickets.
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