water strider

noun
any of several aquatic bugs of the family Gerridae, having long, slender legs fringed with hairs, enabling the insects to dart about on the surface of the water.

Origin:
1885–90

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water strider or water skater
 
n
another name for a pond-skater
 
water skater or water skater
 
n

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water strider

any insect of the family Gerridae (order Heteroptera), which numbers about 350 species. Water striders, often seen running or skating in groups over the surface of a pond or stream, are slender, dark coloured, and generally more than 5 millimetres (15 inch) long.

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Picture of a water strider from facilitator guide appendix.
The water strider closes in, snares its meal, and sucks its prey dry.
The motion of a water strider, a common water-walking insect, creates patterns on a water surface sprinkled with a blue dye.
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