Non-wetting wings and legs of the cranefly aided by fine structures of the cuticle.

@article{Hu2011NonwettingWA,
  title={Non-wetting wings and legs of the cranefly aided by fine structures of the cuticle.},
  author={H. Shawn Hu and Gregory S Watson and Bronwen W. Cribb and Jolanta A Watson},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={214 Pt 6},
  pages={
          915-20
        }
}
Non-wetting surfaces are imperative to the survival of terrestrial and semi-aquatic insects as they afford resistance to wetting by rain and other liquid surfaces that insects may encounter. Thus, there is an evolutionary pay-off for these insects to adopt hydrophobic technologies, especially on contacting surfaces such as legs and wings. The cranefly is a weak flier, with many species typically found in wet/moist environments where they lay eggs. Water droplets placed on this insect's wings… CONTINUE READING
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