Insect Hunts

Let's Go Skating!

Let's go skating! If you're lucky, you've had the chance to go skating on a frozen pond in the winter. But you've never gone skating on a pond in summer -- unless you're a water strider.

Let's go Skating

Water striders are insects that live on the surface of a pond or river. They have long, skinny legs that allow them to spread their weight (which isn't much!) over the water's surface, so they don't sink.

With an adult, go to a nearby pond or stream, and see if you can spot any water striders. Look in places where the water is calm. If you do, you'll understand why they're also called "pond skaters." Just don't try it yourself!

Do you want to learn more about insects? Find out about fireflies on the next page.

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