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Genus Hydrometra

Vernal pool insect, many on surface of water, visa view a water strider  - Hydrometra martini Vernal pool insect, many on surface of water, visa view a water strider  - Hydrometra martini Tiny stick insect? - Hydrometra Hydrometra sp., Marsh Treader - Hydrometra Water Measurer from south central Montana - Hydrometra Hydrometra martini Hydrometridae - Hydrometra Hydrometra
Classification
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)
Family Hydrometridae (Water Measurers)
Genus Hydrometra
Explanation of Names
Hydrometra Latreille 1796
Greek 'water measurer' (refers to the characteristic movement of the bug as it walks across its surface)
Numbers
9 spp. in our area(1)
Size
7-12 mm(2)
Identification
Adults resemble tiny walkingsticks. Body, legs, and head very long and slender, eyes bulging and located slightly behind the middle of head length.(3)
Range
worldwide
Habitat
edges of ponds (on aquatic vegetation or walking slowly over water surface)(3)
Food
small invertebrates found on surface vegetation
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid either on vertical surfaces of plant stems or on ground several centimetres above water level
See Also
waterscorpions (Ranatra) are larger (>18 mm), have a long abdominal breathing tube, and live underwater
walkingsticks (Phasmatodea) are larger and live on land
thread-legged bugs (Emesinae) live on land and have relatively short heads
stilt bugs (Berytidae) live on land and have short heads with clubbed antennae
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Identification manual for the aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera of Florida
Epler J.H. 2006. FL Dept. Env. Prot., Tallahassee, FL. 186 pp.
3.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.