Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Boating Insect

A peculiar insect has been named as ‘Water boatman.’ (Sigara striata). It does not row a boat for carrying others; but itself moves like a ‘living boat’ that has automated oars! I have seen it lying still on water surface. It floats on water. It also swims on the water surface or dives into the pond, using its legs like oars. Its hind legs are shaped like oars – specially adapted! It is purely a vegetarian that feeds only on aquatic plants and algae. It is really a ‘wonder live boat’!

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