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water strider:

see water bugwater bug,
name for a large number of water-living bugs, comprising several families of the order Hemiptera (true bugs). All have jointed, sharp, sucking beaks, breathe air, and undergo gradual metamorphosis (see insect).
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Phylogeny and taxonomy of water strider, genus Aquarius Schellenberg (Insecta, Hemiptera, Gerridae), with a new species from Australia.
Like the eyes of moths, legs of water striders, and leaves of the lotus plant, the cicada wings have natural microstructures.
Other scientists have made tiny aquatic devices based on the water strider with the hope of developing bionic robots that can monitor water supplies, conduct military spy missions when equipped with a camera, and perform other tasks.
he researcher highlight the fact that caterpillars, water striders, and the lotus achieve super hydrophobia through a two-level structure - a hydrophobic waxy surface made super hydrophobic by the addition of microscopic hair-like structures that may be covered by even smaller hairs, greatly increasing the surface area of the organism and making it impossible for water droplets to stick.
Water striders spend most of their lives on a water surface, typically that of a pond.
In the study, it was observed that females of an Asian species of water striders, Gerris gracilicornis, win the evolutionary race by evolving a morphological shield behind which their genitalia are hidden from males, protecting them against the males' forceful attempts to mate.
Shi, F, Niu, J, Liu, J, Liu, F, Wang, Z, Feng, X, Zhang, X, "Towards Understanding Why a Superhydrophobic Coating is Needed by Water Striders.
It seems a little cooler here, sitting in the wet sand watching water striders dance across the eddy behind the big snag you once did back flips off.
Indeed, the greatest drawback of monomolecular films is their effect on insects that require a certain amount of surface tension, such as water striders.
Thus began a sequence of steps that motivated the children to spend the rest of the year seeking information about salamanders, water striders, tadpoles, snakes, algae, plankton, and other unique features of ponds.
These examples comprise studies in water-living insects, such as amphipods and water striders, and also in land insects, as investigated in a recent study in Australian plague locusts that are at a higher risk of being eaten as mating pairs compared to single animals.