Gerridae is the scientific family name given to pond striders or pond skaters
Water striders or pond skaters
use their front legs to catch prey, their middle legs to paddle and their back legs to steer.
A review of the Hemiptera of Great Britain: The Aquatic and Semi-Aquatic Bugs covers a group of animals that include most children s favourite pond dwellers; the pond skaters
and water boatmen.
It's exciting to watch pond skaters
, water lice (like long-legged underwater woodlice), freshwater shrimps, and if you're lucky, a few damselflies darting around the water in a small pond.
The pond skaters
are amazing too, it's just awesome they can walk on water.
Children brought in snails, tadpoles and pond skaters
to start the pool off.
The Big Pond Dip results, published by Pond Conservation, show that two thirds of ponds had breeding dragonflies and damselflies, and three quarters of them contained water snails, pond skaters
and water beetles.
Filling the trug largely with pebbles makes them a safe option for young children and they should still prove attractive to aquatic insects such as water boatmen and pond skaters
Frogs, toads, dragonflies, pond skaters
and various beetles will appear, provided there are pond plants that will offer shelter and food.
can walk on water because of thick, waterproof hairs on their feet, allowing them to skim over the surface looking for floating food.