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Nature. 2001 Nov 1;414(6859):33-4.

Water capture by a desert beetle.

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Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK. andrew.parker@zoo.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

Some beetles in the Namib Desert collect drinking water from fog-laden wind on their backs. We show here that these large droplets form by virtue of the insect's bumpy surface, which consists of alternating hydrophobic, wax-coated and hydrophilic, non-waxy regions. The design of this fog-collecting structure can be reproduced cheaply on a commercial scale and may find application in water-trapping tent and building coverings, for example, or in water condensers and engines.

PMID:
11689930
DOI:
10.1038/35102108
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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