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Image #   210460B
Name:   Water strider leg (Gerris gibiffer)
Copyright:   Copyright 2010 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Description:   Caption: Water strider leg hairs / setae (Gerris gibiffer). The freshwater water strider (Gerris gibiffer) is a predatory insect that has a dense layer of fine hairs (microsetae; shown here) with fine nanogrooves on its legs. The microsetae physical structure and arrangement make the legs strongly hydrophobic providing the water strider with the ability to stand on the water using the waters surface tension. The water strider has six legs; the two shortened forelegs that are used for catching prey, the middle legs are laid flat on the water and used to row the insect along, while the hind legs offer support and steering. The water strider feeds on insects which fall onto water. Water striders are predators and scavengers of aquatic invertebrates and feed by extension of sucking mouthparts on various insect prey. They have piercing mouths that suck nutrients out of the bodies of their prey. Water striders live on the surfaces of ponds, slow streams and other quiet waters. They also can occur in saltwater environments.
Magnification*: x400
Type: SEM
    *(Magnifications are based on a 35mm slide image of 24mm in the narrow dimension.)
Keywords:   210460B 10.01.10 insects insect water strider Gerris gibifer Gerris SEM strider Gerridae fresh water fresh water strider fresh water striders freshwater freshwater strider freshwater striders hydrophobic leg hydrophobic legs leg hair leg hairs leg microseta leg microsetae microseta microsetae water strider leg water strider legs water strider microseta water strider microsetae nanogroove nanogrooves water resistance insect predatory predator water strider hair water strider hairs water strider seta water strider setae leg seta leg setae surface tension water surface tension piercing piercing mouth part piercing mouth parts piercing mouthpart piercing mouthparts invertebrate invertebrates predatory insect catching prey prey catching pond quiet water walk on water water surface quiet waters pond skater water bug water insect tibia

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