Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Jesus Bug

Have you heard of Jesus Bug? Its very common in our ponds, temple tanks and wells… now you understand who they are? Water striders—those six-legged insects that float and glide across the surface of ponds, streams, and lakes—are sometimes called Jesus bugs or pond skaters, Gerris remigis are considered the most advanced surface-dwelling water bug found in nature. How they are able to do it is today’s class. In the picture its right in front of the flower, the ripples are actually caused by it

A research team in China have found that water strider legs incorporate thousands of microscopic hairs. Measuring about 50 micrometers—or less than two-thousandths of an inch—long, the hairs are scored by miniature groves. These groves trap air, increasing water resistance of the water's striders legs and overall buoyancy of the insect. The team's research will be published in the journal Nature. "Slight touches or disturbances may break that balance. However, the air cushion at the leg-water interface can [enable] them to locomote quickly and stably on the water surface—even in rainstorms or other disturbances."

Do I still have to tell the similarities… Jesus walked on water 2000 and odd years ago. This is history. He didn’t have air cushioned legs, but FAITH in the Almighty’s power.

4 comments:

The Pseudonym said...

The second Picture is really cool. The bug balancing act. You can actually see that the water depressed in those places.

Super Cool. Am the Enjoying it.

Viajero said...

I tried to catch one but couldnt :( they are too fast....

lemonade said...

wow...i didnt know that!

congrats on the new blog! good luck! :)

Trinity said...

@Pseudonym. Keep reading more stories from the wild are coming...

@viajero. Bad luck. they are very fast... the butterfly, happiness all share a common feature... the more you try to pursue it the more they will evade you. But when you remain still they will come to you by themselves!

@lemonade. Thanq thanq