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Water & Shore Bug (several families)Aquarius antigone

1 Water strider, pond skater at Cotter Reserve

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Aquarius antigone at Cotter Reserve - 28 Jan 2019
Aquarius antigone at Cotter Reserve - 28 Jan 2019
Aquarius antigone at Cotter Reserve - 28 Jan 2019
Aquarius antigone at Cotter Reserve - 28 Jan 2019
Aquarius antigone at Cotter Reserve - 28 Jan 2019

Identification history

Water & Shore Bug (several families) Aquarius antigone 1 Feb 2019 MichaelMulvaney
Water & Shore Bug (several families) Aquarius antigone 30 Jan 2019 BIrdsinCanberra

Author's notes

Initially when I looked at the river all I could see on the water were circular ripples like rain drops hitting the surface. When I had a closer look I realised the circles were actually being made by what were probably 100s of Water Striders. They moved incredibly quickly across the surface of the water without being disturbed by the wavelets. They did not seem concerned about how obvious they were but nor did I see any bird, or anything else, predating on them. This was the brownest I have seen the Murrumbidgee River at Casuarina Sands.

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Nearby Sightings

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Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Cotter Reserve - 19 May 2019 Polistes (Polistella) humilis (Common Paper Wasp) at Cotter Reserve - 11 May 2019 Scopula optivata (Varied Wave) at Cotter Reserve - 9 May 2019 Lepidoscia arctiella (Tower Case Moth) at Cotter Reserve - 9 May 2019 Amaranthus retroflexus (Redroot Amaranth) at Cotter Reserve - 7 Apr 2019 Xanthium strumarium (Noogoora Burr, Cockle Burr) at Cotter Reserve - 7 Apr 2019 Cormobates leucophaea (White-throated Treecreeper) at Cotter Reserve - 31 Mar 2019 Rhipidura fuliginosa (Grey Fantail) at Cotter Reserve - 31 Mar 2019 Intellagama lesueurii (Eastern Water Dragon) at Cotter Reserve - 28 Jan 2019 Acrocephalus australis (Australian Reed-Warbler) at Cotter Reserve - 28 Jan 2019 Phalacrocorax carbo (Great Cormorant) at Cotter Reserve - 24 Jun 2018 Anas superciliosa (Pacific Black Duck) at Cotter Reserve - 12 Mar 2018 Setaria parviflora (Slender Pigeon Grass) at Cotter Reserve - 30 Jan 2018 Adriana tomentosa var. tomentosa (Eastern bitterbush) at Cotter Reserve - 30 Jan 2018 Correa alba var. alba at Cotter Reserve - 30 Jan 2018 Grallina cyanoleuca (Magpie-lark) at Cotter Reserve - 30 Jan 2018 Argemone ochroleuca subsp. ochroleuca (Mexican Poppy, Prickly Poppy) at Cotter Reserve - 4 Oct 2017 Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Cotter Reserve - 20 Jul 2017 Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at Cotter Reserve - 2 Jan 2017 Vombatus ursinus (Wombat) at Cotter Reserve - 29 Dec 2016 Intellagama lesueurii (Eastern Water Dragon) at Cotter Reserve - 29 Dec 2016 Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Cotter Reserve - 27 Feb 2016
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Cotter Reserve - 19 May 2019
Polistes (Polistella) humilis (Common Paper Wasp) at Cotter Reserve - 11 May 2019
Scopula optivata (Varied Wave) at Cotter Reserve - 9 May 2019
Lepidoscia arctiella (Tower Case Moth) at Cotter Reserve - 9 May 2019
Amaranthus retroflexus (Redroot Amaranth) at Cotter Reserve - 7 Apr 2019
Xanthium strumarium (Noogoora Burr, Cockle Burr) at Cotter Reserve - 7 Apr 2019
Cormobates leucophaea (White-throated Treecreeper) at Cotter Reserve - 31 Mar 2019
Rhipidura fuliginosa (Grey Fantail) at Cotter Reserve - 31 Mar 2019
Intellagama lesueurii (Eastern Water Dragon) at Cotter Reserve - 28 Jan 2019
Acrocephalus australis (Australian Reed-Warbler) at Cotter Reserve - 28 Jan 2019
Phalacrocorax carbo (Great Cormorant) at Cotter Reserve - 24 Jun 2018
Anas superciliosa (Pacific Black Duck) at Cotter Reserve - 12 Mar 2018
Setaria parviflora (Slender Pigeon Grass) at Cotter Reserve - 30 Jan 2018
Adriana tomentosa var. tomentosa (Eastern bitterbush) at Cotter Reserve - 30 Jan 2018
Correa alba var. alba at Cotter Reserve - 30 Jan 2018
Grallina cyanoleuca (Magpie-lark) at Cotter Reserve - 30 Jan 2018
Argemone ochroleuca subsp. ochroleuca (Mexican Poppy, Prickly Poppy) at Cotter Reserve - 4 Oct 2017
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Cotter Reserve - 20 Jul 2017
Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at Cotter Reserve - 2 Jan 2017
Vombatus ursinus (Wombat) at Cotter Reserve - 29 Dec 2016
Intellagama lesueurii (Eastern Water Dragon) at Cotter Reserve - 29 Dec 2016
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Cotter Reserve - 27 Feb 2016

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 101 - 1,000 Abundance
  • 28 Jan 2019 7:24 AM Recorded on
  • BIrdsinCanberra Recorded by
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