The common pond skater

The common pond skater

A fascinating aquatic insect species that is able to 'walk' on the water using surface tension.

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Biology

Keywords

pond skater, Heteroptera, insect, surface tension, water pollution, Europe, shore, lake, animal, arthropods, biology

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lives on lakes and slow rivers, 1 cm, water repellent hairs, grabbing prey, it evenly distributes its weight, dagger-like mouthpart , two generations are born annually, spring generation: lives for 4 months , autumn generation: lives for 8 months, they develop for a month, they communicate with waves , shrinking habitat, oil and solvents, other impurities
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