Water boatman (Hemiptera: Corixidae) legs

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c-krebs
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Water boatman (Hemiptera: Corixidae) legs

#1 Post by c-krebs » Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:51 pm

The hind legs of the water boatman are very specialized, enabling it to be a powerful swimmer. They have a variety of special hairs that pivot and flatten against the leg on the forward stroke to provide minimum resistance, and then pivot and flare open forming a paddle with a large "surface area" on the swimming stroke. They are also adorned with an impressive array of spikes of various shapes and sizes. This has long been a favorite subject of mine for under the microscope.

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Re: Water boatman (Hemiptera: Corixidae) legs

#2 Post by 75RR » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:03 am

Wonderful images Thanks
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#3 Post by billben74 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:07 am

Beautiful images drawn along by great descriptions.
The first, forth and fifth look like the backs of goldern dragons. They have a metallic sheen.
Many thanks.

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Re: Water boatman (Hemiptera: Corixidae) legs

#4 Post by JimT » Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:49 am

Beautiful images but two questions. What does a water boatman look like, how big is it, and what was the magnification of the images and lighting techniques.

I guess that is actually four questions.

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#5 Post by billbillt » Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:18 am

Hi Charles K.,

I never fail be awe struck by the beautiful images you share with us!.. Thanks for sharing!...

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#6 Post by gekko » Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:33 am

Awe inspiring, as BillT said.

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