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Photo#917818
Water Strider - Aquarius conformis - female

Water Strider - Aquarius conformis - Female
Deane, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
May 7, 2014
Size: 16mm
Found swimming in creek.

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Very nice series
Thanks for posting all of these views and for both sexes, too. This is a good template for Gerrinae photos -- dorsal habitus so the antennal segments are visible and measurable, the side of the pronotum is visible in the lateral shot (some Gerrinae have stripes there) and the genital segments are visible in the ventral shots.

I can think of a Gerris species where we would need to see an exact lateral view since there is a protuberance on the venter, but otherwise, the views you provided should allow for species ID for any of the Gerrinae.

Moved
Moved from Water Striders.

Do you still have the specimen? If so, could you take a ventral shot of the last abdominal segments? There is another species that closely resembles this one. The antennal character should be good enough (length segment 1 > length of 2 and 3 combined), but it would be nice to have the genital segment, too. Thanks for adding this species.

 
Thank you. I do have it
and possibly the male? If this is a female- but cant say for sure.
I will add them tonight.
And I am sending them to Brad B.

 
I can't take
the credit for these, my 5 year old granddaughter caught them in her net. She is my insect and spider buddy.

 
Thanks
To your granddaughter, too. Many people catch gerrids all the time and only come up with the dirt common Aquarius remigis.

 
Your very Welcome
And your help is greatly appreciated.
I am trying to teach her about nature and the wonderful things we usually don't take time to notice. She is really good at paying attention and makes sure wherever we go, we have some containers. Just in case, she says.