Wish I could float on open water so easily.
Yeah water has a lot of surface tension that they can "walk" on.
This is a good article on the water strider
well I don't like the religious reference at the beginning -- just ignore that
Wow! What a cool water strider photo! As for fire ants- I went canoeing in a flooded prairie once and there were "balls" or fire ants in the water. If your oar got too close to them they would climb on board. I read an article a while back about how they work together as a team in these "balls". They take turns under water, and then switch positions to get a break on the top (and in the air). As if these insects need any more help! They are a real problem where I live... we have fire ant mounds in the yard, but they are hard to get rid of without using serious pesticide.