The role of micro/nano channel structuring in repelling water on cuticle arrays of the lacewing.

@article{Watson2010TheRO,
  title={The role of micro/nano channel structuring in repelling water on cuticle arrays of the lacewing.},
  author={Gregory S Watson and Bronwen W. Cribb and Jolanta A Watson},
  journal={Journal of structural biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={171 1},
  pages={44-51}
}
Non-wetting surfaces help in the survival of terrestrial and semi-aquatic insects. Some insects encounter wetting by rain, through contact with water collected on foliage, or in ponds, rivers or streams. There is an evolutionary pay-off for such insects to adopt hydrophobic structuring especially on regions that contact water, such as legs or large surface areas such as wings. Here we investigate lacewings which are good candidates for getting trapped to water because of a large wing surface… CONTINUE READING
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