How Water Lily Beetles Walks or Moves across Water

The video below uncovers recently discovered way that the water lily beetle, Genus Galerucella, gets over the water between lily pads. It’s quite odd. Also, exceptionally cool.

The water lily beetle’s mystery was found by Stanford Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Manu Prakash, who saw the odd walking over water and enthusiastically carried a few beetles home with him. There, he made recordings of them going crosswise over dinner plates loaded with water. He was excited by the one of a kind way the little bugs were accomplishing such exactness: “Here is an insect that has the capacity to really control its trajectory and locomotion at half a meter per second.”

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