Wing Dimorphism and Diapause in Gerris: Determination and Adaptive Significance

  • Kari Vepsäläinen
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


Water-striders of the genus Gerris Fabr. consist of a small group of predatory bugs living on the water surface. In temperate climates the habitats often freeze in the winter, and gerrids overwinter on dry land as imagos. The morphology of the species restricts them to habitats protected from wave action. Many of such sites dry up temporarily, but permanent sites also exist.


Wing Length Flight Muscle Drought Risk Temporary Habitat Summer Solstice 


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