How a Pond Skater Walks on Water : 2006

Photograph by

Heather Angel Hon.FRPS

About this image

Macrophotograph showing a Pond Skater (Gerris lacustris) standing on the surface of water. This clearly shows how the insect spreads its weight across the surface of the water so it doesn’t break the surface tension and sink. The surface of their legs is covered with extremely fine hairs and a wax-like substance that prevent water sticking to them. These adaptations mean that G. lacustris is able to move quickly across the water surface looking for smaller insects on which to feed. This image was captured in a studio, a backlight softbox providing the illumination to highlight the depressions in the surface caused by the presence of the insect. Natural Visions, Surrey, United Kingdom