Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2. Here's how to add your images.

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama


Species Aquarius remigis

Water Strider - Aquarius remigis water striders - Aquarius remigis - male - female Gerris for California in May - Aquarius remigis Gerridae ? - Aquarius remigis Water Strider - Aquarius remigis Aquarius sp? - Aquarius remigis Water Strider - Aquarius remigis  Aquarius remigis - Aquarius remigis - male - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Gerromorpha (Semiaquatic Bugs)
Superfamily Gerroidea
Family Gerridae (Water Striders)
Subfamily Gerrinae
Genus Aquarius
Species remigis (Aquarius remigis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gerris remigis
Explanation of Names
Aquarius remigis (Say 1832)
remigis 'rower'
11.5-16 mm(1)
hind tibia at least 4 times length of first hind tarsal segment; connexival spines prominent; pronotum dull; first antennal segment subequal to combined length of antennal segments two and three; greatest width across mesoacetabula (middle leg "hip sockets") more than or equal to 0.25 times body length

adults almost always wingless(2)
throughout NA; the most common and widespread water strider of our fauna (Drake & Harris 1928); uncommon in FL(1)
on ponds and lakes in the west and on rivers and streams in the east(3)
Mosquito larvae and other insects.
See Also
A. conformis: antennomere 1 distinctly longer than antennomeres 2 & 3 combined; greatest width across mesoacetabula (middle "hip sockets") <0.25 times body length
Gerris: body <10.7 mm, connexival spines not prominent, hind tibia less than 3.3 times length of metatarsomere 1
Limnoporus: antennomere 1 <0.8 combined length of antennomeres 2 & 3
Works Cited
1.Identification manual for the aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera of Florida
Epler J.H. 2006. FL Dept. Env. Prot., Tallahassee, FL. 186 pp.
2.Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America
Stephen A. Marshall. 2006. Firefly Books Ltd.
3.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.