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Posts tagged water bugs

June 21, 2010


Bugs, Dimples, And Walking On Water…

Just how do bugs walk on water? Learn how bugs use their feet and surface tension to walk.

June 18, 2010


How Do Bugs Float On Water?

How do bugs stand on water without going under? Learn about water molecules, surface tension, and hydrophobia!

December 1, 2005


Standing on Water

It’s summertime, and you’re on vacation. You sit beside a quiet pond, fishing, trying to relax, trying to think about nothing at all. You watch the leaves stirring, the water rippling in the sunshine, and the water bugs standing on the surface of the water. Wait, how are those bugs standing on the surface!? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

December 1, 2005


Walking on Water

Water bugs manage to stand on the surface of a pond, because the pads of their feet resist contact with the water just like wax paper does. This allows the bug to rest on the thin film of surface tension that naturally covers the pond. This surface tension film is caused by the strong attraction the surface water molecules have toward each other, as well as toward the water beneath them. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003


The Truth About Bugs

However, mosquitoes, contrary to poplar belief, are not bugs. Another factor that comes into play is the fact that baby true bugs look like small wingless versions of adult true bugs.

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