The water strider is sometimes called the "Jesus Bug" because it can walk on water. Hair on the tips of its legs keeps it from breaking through the water's surface. This nervous critter escapes its enemies by scurrying across the surface. The water strider's front legs are used for grasping its food. It is a scavenger and hunter, eating plants and insects that come up to get air. Most water striders will drown if caught under water.
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