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Old 05-05-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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The males of a species of water strider (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Gerridae) have antennae modified into grappling hooks that they use to hold females in place so they can mate - see Zoologger: Jesus bugs evolved hooks for grappling eyes - life - 03 May 2012 - New Scientist
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I've never heard water striders referred to as Jesus bugs...after a moments thought, I got it: they walk on water.
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Thanks dapjwy; I would never in 100 years figured that one out but it sounds correct. We always made up Nautical names like Water Skipper or Water Gilligan.
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Thanks dapjwy; I would never in 100 years figured that one out but it sounds correct.
LOL! I'm sure if it is not correct, someone will let us know.

I'm glad my mind is still working...but usually only at times of its own choosing.

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We always made up Nautical names like Water Skipper or Water Gilligan.
Water Gilligan, I like it!

You just gave me an idea! If I get some water striders of my own some day (attracted to the pond I've yet to build)...I might tell people that I've named them...and they will be Gilligan, Skipper, Ginger, Maryann, "The Professor", and the Howes (Thurston and Lovey).
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We called them penny bugs....If you caught them you were suppose to receive a penny.....
The only time you ever caught them was if you tired them out before they tired you out.
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We called them penny bugs....If you caught them you were suppose to receive a penny.....
The only time you ever caught them was if you tired them out before they tired you out.
There also are beetle larvae in the family Psephenidae known as 'water pennies' - see Water-penny beetles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Interesting...Like an underwater pill bug. Are they salt water?
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Are they salt water?
They are strictly freshwater, and clean freshwater at that - see Water-penny beetles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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I read the entire article in search of the words fresh, salt, or brackish but came up with nothing...I noticed they lived in a stream or along the shore but it really didn't say. I was thinking they might have meant a salty brackish stream where they merge with the ocean...
They reminded me of the salt water chiton Kildale posted here: The reason for my inquiry. No one photographs marine life?
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