Water Strider Photos

Posted Apr 25, 2006
Last Updated Nov 9, 2011

Anyone who spends any time around creeks, streams or rivers has seen the water strider, a predatory insect that resembles a spider. It has a light body weight that is dispersed into its long legs, which allows it to glide smoothly across the surface of the water. Water striders sometimes jump, sometimes fly, but usually skim across the water.

Water striders eat small insects and other aquatic life forms. I once saw a water strider eating a tadpole.

These water striders were in the act of mating, I presume. I shot them along a watershed to the Scioto River in Central Ohio.

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Photo of a water strider. Its forlegs are used to capture prey.

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Photo of water striders mating.

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Front view of a water strider. Notice the water warping at its feet.

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Photo of water striders mating.

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Closeup photo of water striders.

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Photo of water striders mating.

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A water strider skimming the surface of the water.

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Photo of water striders mating.


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