Water Strider

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Adult Water Strider Gerris remigis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Gerridae
Leach, 1815

The water strider (also known as the pond skater) is a true bug that's part of the family Gerridae that can run across the surface of water. It lives on ponds and slow-running streams. It rarely goes underwater. The underside of the body is covered with water-repellent hair. There are around 500 known species, commonly placed in around 60 genera. Also called the Jesus bug.