How to Draw a Water Spider

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Water Spider in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Water Spider.

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How to Draw a Water Spider - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First draw the body. It is a slightly bumpy circle

Step 2: At the top right corner of the body draw an oval-shaped head. The bottom of the oval will join the bottom right corner of the body. On the top right corner of the head draw a short curved antenna. Draw another one the same size and width at the bottom right corner of the head.

Step 3: Now we draw the left legs along the top of the head. Starting just behind the top antennadraw a very long thin leg with a pointy tip. Draw two more legs just behind that one. Make them just as thin but slightly shorter. The last leg is just in front of the body and points to the left.

Step 4: The right legs are on the bottom of the head. They are the mirror image of the left legs in width, length and direction.

Step 5: Finally draw the head pattern. It is a star shape that touches all edges of the head.

Interesting Facts about the WATER SPIDER

The Water Spider is a member of the arachnid group and the scientific term for them is Argyroneta aquatica. This species derives its name from being the only species of spider known to live entirely under water. Other common names for this creature are the Airbubble Spider and Diving Bell Spider. The Greek word Argyro-neta means “silver-spinner” because the bubble it makes has a silvery appearance. They are found in ponds of northern and central Europe or northern Asia.

Did you know?

  • This animal was first documented in 1758.
  • They live up to more than 62 degrees north in latitude.
  • The body of males is about 30 percent larger than the females.
  • The pregnancy may yield up to 70 babies.
  • They may live up to 2 years old.

The bubbles can maintain their air quantity by the spider gathering breaths of air at the surface of the water, and delivering them to the bubble. However, mostly the air remains by receiving infusion of oxygen from the surrounding plants. This species is light grey, but the air bubble that they generate, gives them a silvery appearance. These animals have a low population amount, but are considered to be the least concern for the possibility of extinction.