On a previous visit I noticed pond skaters in the ditch and as the water was moving, I wondered whether instead of being the Common Pond Skater (Gerris lacustris), they might be the larger, unrelated species Aquaruis najas, which prefers moving water, unlike Gerris. After several uncomfortable minutes of lying on my belly, in a steep, head down position, trying to get a photo of one of them, I finally managed this shot, which proves they are Gerris after all.
|Common Pond Skater (Gerris lacustris)|
The light wasn't very good, so with the camera's aperture set wider than I would have liked, I got this very poor shot of one of the shy and elusive Water Crickets (Velia caprai) that shared some sections of the roadside ditch with the Pond Skaters.
|Water Cricket (Velia caprai)|