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Common Water Striders (Gerris remigis). These insects look like mosquitos but "stride" across the water. They live on the "surface of ponds, slow streams, marshes, and other quiet waters. Common Water Striders eat living and dead insects on the surface of the water. Some are aquatic (water) insects, such as mosquito larvae coming up from the bottom, and others are terrestrial (land) insects, such as butterflies or beetles that accidentally land on the surface" (FCPS).

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes