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Postzoldos on 11/1/2017, 2:27 pm

I don't think they are arachnid, but I'd always see these "water spiders" that would stick to the surface of the water and move really fast. I'd mainly see them during the summer. What are these??
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PostT.C. on 11/1/2017, 2:51 pm

There is some species of spiders that are capable of crawling on the water surface. However you may be referring to water striders, Gerridae.
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PostChicken_zapper100 on 11/1/2017, 3:18 pm

Avics can "walk on water"
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PostInsect Rod on 11/1/2017, 9:12 pm

We have those also, never really studied them.
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Postzoldos on 11/3/2017, 11:51 pm

Can anyone provide a picture for reference? They are very curious creatures!
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PostT.C. on 11/4/2017, 11:41 am

Do you mean this?

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Postzoldos on 11/4/2017, 4:03 pm

Yes that looks like it, except I recall them having more legs! lol
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PostT.C. on 11/5/2017, 1:51 am

Haha, Nah, they just got the four. Wink
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Postzoldos on 11/5/2017, 11:43 am

Cool. Harmless? Smile
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PostT.C. on 11/5/2017, 3:07 pm

Yes, although they might be able to give a painful bite like other water bugs.
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PostChicken_zapper100 on 11/5/2017, 5:08 pm

@T.C. wrote:Yes, although they might be able to give a painful bite like other water bugs.
They don't bite. I'm pretty sure they feed on algae or other insects. Need to do research on them again.
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PostT.C. on 11/6/2017, 12:25 am

Yeah, I'm not sure. Something to look into.
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PostChicken_zapper100 on 11/6/2017, 7:23 am

Ok, I was wrong, they eat insects, water insects and land insects that fall into the water. They're also sea skaters that are the only insects that live on the ocean and they eat plankton (not phytoplankton as all of them a predators) and fish eggs.
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PostChicken_zapper100 on 11/6/2017, 6:56 pm

@T.C. wrote:Haha, Nah, they just got the four. Wink
they got six legs cause they're all insects. Look closely at the picture, unless I misread the winky face wrong
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PostT.C. on 11/6/2017, 7:07 pm

@Chicken_zapper100 wrote:
@T.C. wrote:Haha, Nah, they just got the four. Wink
they got six legs cause they're all insects.  Look closely at the picture, unless I misread the winky face wrong

You read the wink face wrong. Rolling Eyes I was joking, although the two front ones I believe are more for grabbing onto things rather than getting around.I have never paid much attention to them.
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Postzoldos on 11/7/2017, 12:36 am

hehe Very cool. I didn't know there were ocean versions. Are they bigger?

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