Mosquito egg surface
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Superhydrophobic Swimming Beauty – II

Culex pipiens

Magnification: 7’431:1

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Female mosquitos (Culex pipiens) lay clumps of eggs (i.e. ‘egg rafts’) in standing water. Egg-rafts float for 2-3 days, until the larvae hatch. The water repellent nature of the egg is generated by microscopically small structures, which trap a thin layer of air.