Dessert Beetle

Unlike the other beetles mentioned, this species is remarkable not for its appearance, but for the fascinating way it survives in one of the most arid regions of the world, the desert. By situating its long hind legs to prop up its bumpy, hydrophilic back in the air, the desert beetle is able to collect water rolling in on the damp breezes of the desert’s early morning fog. Scientists inspired by the hydrophilic properties of the beetle’s bumpy back are now developing groundbreaking technology that can can harvest water from the air.