One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘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 too terrified of grasshoppers and water crickets to get near enough to kill them.’
- ‘I'm used to water crickets because I have some in my basement, but not this big.’
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