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POND SKATER

Observed: 9th April 2011 By: dms60
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

Approximately 14mm. Six legs. Appeared to have a lighter, almost orange line down each side of the body.

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This is one of the Velia species

This is an adult of either Velia caprai or saulii. The image is not clear enough to be absolutely certain.It appears to be a female as there do not seem to be spines on the back of the hind femur possessed by the males. The Females of the two species are easy to distinguish, but males need dissection. The end of the abdomen of caprai is curved upwards; in saulli the abdomen slopes downwards.