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Where Giant Water Striders Live

Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

Innisfail, Australia

Artist's Description

  • Giant Water Striders
    Cushion lightly
    Telltale dimples
    On the surface of still waters
    In a small creek environment
    Amidst surface reflections
    Of over-towering tropical rainforest surrounds.
    Located at the Flecker Botanical Gardens, Cairns, Tropical Far North Queensland, Australia.

Photo-shoot details
Pentax K10D 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Ap.f3.5, ISO.100, F.L.18mm, SS.1/8sec
Raw file processed via CS2
Natural state.
About: Aquarius elongatus (Giant water strider) (Gerris elongatus)
(from interesting ref. source links)

  • 1) http://news.nationalgeographic.com.au/news/2003...;)
    “Water striders can’t pierce the surface of a pond or stream otherwise they’d sink. Instead, the insects press down on the water’s surface, creating little dimples around their feet. These dimples act like the blades of an oar, generating swirling underwater currents that propel the insects forward. … Water striders are narrow, light-framed insects often seen in ponds, rivers, and lakes. Belonging to the family Gerridae, they are the world’s most advanced surface-dwelling water bugs.”

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