Water Strider (True Bug)

My Home: I primarily am found on freshwater
ponds, streams, lakes. I am able to slide along
the surface of the water by distributing my
weight evenly on my long legs.

What I eat: As a nymph or adult water strider,
I am carnivorous and use my piercing
mouth parts to suck the juices primarily from
other insects or spiders, alive or dead.
I find food by using my front legs to detect
movement or ripples in the water and also use
my front legs to grab my prey. I am considered a
beneficial insect because I eat other insects
including mosquito larvae. 

What I look like: My body is thin, elongated, dark brown in
color and about ¾” long. I have two antenna and six long
thin legs. My front legs are shorter than my back legs.
Some water strider species have wings.

How I am born: I go through three stages of development or incomplete metamorphosis: egg, nymph and adult. My egg is laid on aquatic plants or rocks.
I hatch into a nymph and will molt many times to reach my adult form.
It takes me around 8 weeks to go from egg to adult. As an adult, I usually live until a freeze, but in warmer areas I can overwinter and live up to a year.

  Fun Facts
There is a water strider species that lives
its entire life on the ocean. There are over 1,680 species of water striders in the world.