Water Strider

Water Strider on clear waterWhat does it look like? The Water Strider has a dark brown body with pale stripes, pale legs, rear two pairs of legs very long and slender. Adults have winged and wingless forms.

Where does it live? North-eastern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Polynesia.

What are its habitats and habits? The Water Strider occurs in freshwater, from lakes and ponds to streams and hot springs. The modified rear legs are used to walk on water using surface tension. It is a predator, feeding on a range of small arthropods.

Scientific Name: Limnogonus luctuosus

Size: TL 11mm