Bug’s Life

Our guide to Bri­tish in­ver­te­brates

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Pond skater

(Ger­ris la­cus­tris) about a half to five-eighths of an inch long

Also known as the Je­sus bug be­cause of its abil­ity to walk on wa­ter, the pond skater achieves this mirac­u­lous feat due to clever weight dis­tri­bu­tion and the mil­lions of minis­cule hairs that cover its thin, brown body and long, gan­gly legs. Alerted to its prey by vi­bra­tions through the wa­ter, this ag­ile and ac­tive preda­tor—which quickly de­scends upon and grabs vic­tims with its man­tis-like front legs—evades cap­ture it­self by jump­ing and fly­ing. Si­mon Lester

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