Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Upside-down Beetle

This beetle walks on the underside of the water's surface.

Method: Likely the trapped air does help buoyancy, but the walking part is pretty simple: to tiny creatures, that surface is like a solid or semisolid plane (depending on their weight).  Think of it as an upside-down water strider.

Reasons:
* Lurk in wait for prey hitting the surface.  (This assumes it is predatory like most water beetles.)
* Avoid predators from above.  It is hard to see under the water, making cross-planar predation less common.
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