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Water Pond Striders Sliders Skaters Bugs

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686529
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Matte attached
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Seamless Looping
Duration
00:00:23
Frame Rate
29.97 FPS
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none
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65
Date Uploaded
18 Apr 2010
Date Created
1 Jan 2010

Description

The family Gerridae contains insects commonly known as water striders, water bugs, magic bugs, pond skaters, skaters, skimmers,water scooters, water skaters, water skeeters, water skimmers, water skippers or Jesus bugs. There are around 500 known species, commonly placed in around 60 genera.

These are predatory insects which rely on surface tension to walk on top of water. They live on the surface of ponds, slow streams, marshes, and other quiet waters. There they hunt for insects and other small invertebrates on top of or directly below surface using their strong forelegs which end with claws. They can move very quickly, up to 1.5 m/s. They paddle forward with the middle pair of their legs, using fore- and hind legs as a rudder.
Five species of Halobates sea skaters are the only insects that have successfully colonized open ocean habitats.

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