Water striders are also known as pond skaters or sometimes water skippers. They are about 350 species of water striders. They are usually observed running in different groups in lakes or streams. They are dark in color, and they grow up to 5mm in length. They have short front legs which help them to capture aquatic insects in ponds. They also have wings on dorsal sides. They use their middle pair of hydrophilic legs for propulsion and their hind pairs for steering. The adult water striders come in two species i.e. one with wings n the other without wings. They are found all around the season, except when the water is frozen in the north. Their expected life is three years or more. The water striders have two antennae and four antennae segments. Their antennae help to identify the species of these aquatic creatures. The thorax of water strider is said to be very long and narrow. It is relatively small in size. The length of water strider ranges from 1.6mm to 36mm.
Water scorpions are not really like those scorpions who live in the desert and are deadly creatures. The name is given to them because of their special feature of grasping their forelimbs. There are about 50 different species of water scorpion. These creatures are invertebrate’s aquatic animals. It almost identifies like a land scorpion in many ways. The species of water scorpion are carnivores, and they usually feed on fish and other aquatic insects. They have a pair of wings and almost three pairs of legs which are further divided. There is a long sucking beak at the start of the head. The head of the water scorpion is relatively small.
Water bug, as the name suggests, is a water-loving insect that is found all over the world in lakes, ponds, slow streams and other watery places having aquatic plants. Some of its species reside in rapidly flowing water. Insects like cockroaches and beetles are also, sometimes, named as water bugs. There are more than a thousand species of these insects, and water bug family is typically from the order Hemptera. The term ‘true water bugs’ is used for these insects due to their aquatic behaviors. They are also named after their other behaviors, for instance, they can give a painful bite in a certain situation and called as toe biter, and they are also known as light bugs as they love being in the night lights near their homes.
The water boatman, a common water bug, is a member of the ‘Corixidae’ family. The ‘Hemiptera’ order is classified into more than 300 species of the water boatman. They are found in quite a large number all around the globe and are commonly seen in still or running water such as ponds, lakes, rivers, etc. They are supposed to keep their air bubbles filled so that can breathe underwater as they lack gills like other aquatic animals. They are fond of flying in the artificial lights lit up at night near their residence. Their eating habits, sometimes, prove to be helpful as they feed on mosquitoes and other dangerous small insects.
Giant water bugs are scientifically known as Belostomatidae. They’re hemipteran insects that many people also call “toe-biters.” These bugs are found across the world, with a concentration in Australia, and North and South America. East Asia also has a large population of the giant water bug.
There are a lot of different species of this bug, and there are a lot of facts people don’t know about these insects: