Water strider, adult
Gerris spec.
Water strider

The sharp suck snout (proboscis) is well visible on this picture. When not in use, it is folded against the belly side. It's because of this beak that bugs are also called Rhynchota, from the Greek rychos, snout. This tube is formed by mouthparts grown together, the inner parts are stretched far into the body of the Water strider. The bended front legs grab the prey and are als used to clean the beak.

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