river striders

River Skater (Aquarius najas)

…a species of water strider (Gerridae) which is common throughout much of Europe. True to their common name, river skaters can typically be seen near in in the stony margins of rivers. Like other water strider species, river skaters spend their lives skating around the surface of the water, being held up by surface tension. They are fairly opportunistic feeders and will feed on anything that happens to fall into the water.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Hemiptera-Heteroptera-Gerromorpha-Gerridae-Gerrinae-Aquarius-A. najas

Image: Markus Gayda