Aquarius remigis

Common Names: Common water strider
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Bugs

The most common and widespread water strider in North America. Water striders can stand effortlessly on water due to their non-wetting legs. The water resistance of the legs is due to the special hierarchical structure of the legs, which are covered by large numbers of oriented tiny hairs (microsetae) with fine nanogrooves. Aquarius remigis grows slightly longer than 0.5 inches, and is dark brown to black in color. It has a sharp rostrum that it uses to pierce the body of its prey and suck out the insides.

As expected this bug is commonly found on still or slow moving water.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.