Common water striders during mating
March 18, 2018
Little escapes the notice of water striders, and they serve an important role as a cleanup crew in watery habitats. They also consume mosquito larvae, which must venture to the water’s surface to obtain air through a structure resembling a snorkel. This puts the larva at great risk of strider predation, and most readers, no doubt, will appreciate this choice in prey.
One might suspect fish would be likely strider predators, but apparently not. Water striders manufacture foul substances from abdominal organs that repel the fishy crowd.