Mosquito egg surface

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Mosquito egg surface

Adult females lay their eggs in standing water, which can be a salt-marsh, a lake, a puddle, a natural reservoir on a plant, or an artificial water container such as a plastic bucket. Usually many eggs are clumped together (i.e. ‘egg rafts’). Each egg has a hydrophobic surface: a thin layer of air is trapped by ‘tent-like’ micro-structures, to avoid sinking of the egg/egg-raft.