Definition of water cricket in US English:

water cricket


  • A predatory water bug that runs on the surface film of water, related to the pond skater but with shorter legs; a water strider.

    Family Veliidae, suborder Heteroptera: several genera, in particular Velia

    • ‘Other creatures inhabiting the surface film of bog pools are pond skaters, water measurers and water crickets.’
    • ‘I'm too terrified of grasshoppers and water crickets to get near enough to kill them.’
    • ‘Every few seconds a water cricket would go up to one of the whirligigs and touch it, causing the beetle to swim away only to be met by another cricket.’
    • ‘I'm used to water crickets because I have some in my basement, but not this big.’