Family: Gerridae

Water Striders

These photos supplement pages 97-103 of the Guide to Aquatic Invertebrates of the Upper Midwest. Information on the biology of Gerridae can be found on page 98. Gerridae can be confused with Veliidae. Gerrids have much longer legs, with their metafemur extending well beyond the apex of their abdomen. Click to compare with Veliidae.




Gerridae head


Gerridae tarsi


Gerridae legs