These tiny water striders are also called water bugs, pond skaters, water skippers, and jesus bugs; along with gerrids, which is a shorter version of it's scientific name, Gerridae. It's most distinctive feature is their ability to walk on water, giving them their many nicknames.
Water striders' mouthes have evolved to pierce and suck. Their diet consists mostly of invertebrates such as spiders and insects. Their method is to inject their prey with salivary enzymes that break down it's internal structures and then suck the innards out. Quite like a spider.
A group of water strider eat a honey-bee.
It's method of finding prey is also familiar to the spider's: it's front legs act as sensors for the vibrations of a struggling insect in the water.
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