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Water Strider - Aquarius remigis

Water Strider - Aquarius remigis
In Westwood - elevation 5100ft, Lassen County, California, USA
August 21, 2012
Size: Body length 17mm
This water strider is one of a colony of water striders that have lived on my small goldfish pond for years. They compete with the fish for small bugs that land on the pond surface. The adults are first seen as soon as the ice melts in the spring. Soon the scores of tiny nymphs make their presence known. By July only adults are seen; and they remain until the winter ice comes again. The adults overwinter under the rocks that encircle the pond.

My thanks for any further ID help for this strider!

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Interesting. It looks like it has wings?
I just took a photo of one down by the creek, also with wings. It's the first one I've attempted to ID and I was surprised to read that Aquarius remigis almost never has wings. Anyway, I guess I'll find out if someone ID's it! It looks a lot like yours, though!



Note: I also had a fish pond for over a decade. I really, really, miss it. It was the source of untold hundreds of hours of observations. It was the time when I became interested in insects, seeing wasps, syrphids, damselflies, dragonflies, aquatic beetles, and more.

 
Well...
... some do have wings, and I am sure that it was a high flying winged strider that found its way to my goldfish pond and colonized it; not to mention all the various water beetles, and other aquatic critters. Even a coon took a swim in the pond once, and thrashed it! Only the goldfish, waterlilies, and water snails were added by my self.

 
That makes sense!
I've always been a little curious about species that sometimes have wings, sometimes don't. Here I'm by a creek that is never dry, but we are in a drought. I wonder if that plays a role.

Anyway, I did not doubt your ID. I just thought I'd point it out because if it's more interesting to have a photo of something rare.

BTW, water striders were one thing I did not have in my pond. But I introduced mosquito fish, and I suspect that had something to do with it. I never introduced snails, but ended up with multiple types of snails anyway. The probably hitch-hiked in with plants.

Ponds are fun! My first one was a little kids pool that never got taken down. Then the kids won goldfish at a carnival. When I realized I was spending time watching them every day I decided to make a more permanent home for them.

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