Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Fotografía. Animales. Mosquito zapatero. Dance on the water "smile" Gerris lacustris, commonly known as the common pond skater

En el curso de los pequeños arroyos o ríos que corren por bosques o zonas próximas a casas es relativamente frecuente ver al llamado mosquito zapatero que se mueve constantemente sobre la superficie del agua.
Estas fotos están realizadas con teleobjetivo a corta distancia del agua a fin de buscar conseguir o seguir dicho movimiento.

Gerris lacustris

El zapatero (Gerris lacustris) es una especie de hemíptero heteróptero de la familia Gerridae, común en la superficie de las aguas dulces de Europa, incluyendo la península Ibérica. Mide entre dos y tres centímetros de longitud. La cabeza tiene largas antenas y grandes ojos.

Historia natural

Es posible verlo sobre la superficie de las aguas dulces entre abril y noviembre. También es abundante en árboles y arbustos, y en una amplia gama de plantas herbáceas. Aunque prefiere las aguas quietas, es capaz de nadar con firmeza en corrientes poco importantes.







Al ampliar la foto observamos que el "baile" del mosquito produce unas ondas en el agua que recuerdan mucho a una cara sonriente.

At larger photo note that the "dance" of the mosquito produces water waves that closely resemble a smiley face



  In the course of small streams or rivers running through woods or close to home areas is relatively common to see the shoemaker called mosquito is constantly moving on the water surface.

These pictures are taken with telephoto lens a short distance from water to seek to obtain or keep the movement.

Gerris lacustris

The shoemaker (Gerris lacustris) is a species of Heteroptera Hemiptera of Gerridae, common on the surface of the fresh waters of Europe, including the Iberian peninsula family. It measures two to three centimeters long. The head has long antennae and large eyes.

Natural History

You may see it on the surface of fresh water between April and November. It is also abundant in trees and bushes, and a wide range of herbaceous plants. Although he prefers the quiet waters, he is able to swim strongly in minor currents.


Water striders vary in length ranging between 8 millimetres (0.31 in) and 10 mm (0.39 in) in size. Their body shape is very slender and elongated. They have six legs; the first pair is short and stubby while the other two pairs are thin and elongated which are used for moving over the water surface which we call "walking on water". The first pair of legs is used for holding its prey, the middle pair propels the bug along the surface of the water with either a rowing or jumping motion, and the hind pair of legs is used as rudders.


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