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Aquarius remigis

Common Name: Common Water Strider
Aquarius remigis
Aquarius remigis

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Gerridae
Genus: Aquarius
Species: Aquarius remigis

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Common water striders are 3/4" long with long hind and middle legs. Their body is gray to black in color.

Habitat & Range

They are found in lakes, ponds, and streams across the US.


These insects skate across the water’s surface, and feed upon smaller insects. They will overwinter in leaves near the water.

Life Cycle

Common water striders will lay their eggs on the water edges.

Featured image by Tim McCormack


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