Sunday, February 20, 2011


If you didn't know what you were looking at, I think many people's brains would have a hard time making sense of this image. I took about 30 pictures of this true bug on a pond surface with a reflection of winter trees in the "background." Shown above is the best shot I got. I'm tempted to post another pic under the label crappy photos.

While Aquarius remigis (also formerly known under the genus Gerris) is generally agreed to be the most common water strider in CA and the U.S., I'm hesitant to place a positive ID considering my picture doesn't show enough details, nor did I take the time to physically capture this insect to bring home and examine the relative tarsal and antennal segments under my scope for proper keying. Powell and Hogue state there are about 10 species of gerrids in CA; indeed, UC Berkeley's Essig Museum of Entomology lists 12 species in their Heteroptera PDF.

4 comments:

Jeannette said...

I am glad you didn't capture the little fellow and subject him to intense scrutiny, he looks rather in his element, and awfully relaxed, but was he doing the backstroke, or the crawl?

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Haha, thanks, Jeannette. I've been entertained by the subtext of blogs and comments. Btw, did you know your CH neighbor Cynthia?

Jeannette said...

unfortunately did not meet her...but have been invited to the memorial... she sounds special.

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Maybe we'll meet in person at Easter. Cheers!