Plea minutissima - Pygmy backswimmer

Pygmy backswimmer on duckweed, 25-06-2001

Taking a bath ABOVE the water.
This Pygmy backswimmer has crawled out of the water and is now sitting (upright) on a leaf of duckweed. Backswimmers and Lesser Water boatman sometimes want to rest on a plant above the water. Investigators have proven that Plea needs to go out to give itself a cleaning treatment by rubbing a secretion from the thorax over its body. This secretion contains hydrogen peroxide and has antiseptic properties. It prevents bacteria growth on the hairs on the belly side, which are of vital importance in holding the animals breathing airs supply.

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