Thin May Be In But…

This Is Ridiculous!

Ok, so this creature is so amazingly thin and light that it can walk on water, which is what I nearly did getting out of the pool when I found it creeping towards me! It probably was just curious of that blob in the pool (me), whose eyes were bugging out almost as much as the bug’s.

Actually I was more excited about its appearance than what it might do to me, and I got out quickly to get the phone to take its photo. An internet search of “really skinny bugs” quickly fetched its ID. It is called a water stick due to its appearance.

Its “feelers” in front are actually “raptorial” forelegs that are used to capture prey like a praying mantis. They also have short “beaks” on their mouth for injecting prey with “tranquilizers and tenderizers.” The beaks are said to be capable of penetrating skin, which I am quite happy to say I can not confirm.

The “tail” is actually a breathing apparatus that the water stick uses as it goes under water in pursuit of its prey. Of course if it can breath out its backside, I can’t help but wonder whether it might actually be able to talk out of its…well, never mind, I will leave that to people.

Published by eskildoodle1

Retired physician with interests in writing, photography, music, and astronomy. I have written multiple stories of life experiences, travel, and astronomy, and have been playing the ukulele for 10 years. My wife Fairy and I travel frequently to the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, and French Polynesia, and I have learned several of their native-language songs. This blog will be a forum to share experiences with family and friends.

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