The Namib Desert beetle (genus Stenocara) fog basking. Namibia
Contributor:Martin Harvey / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5200 x 3466 px | 44 x 29.3 cm | 17.3 x 11.6 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:15 April 2011
The Namib Desert beetle (genus Stenocara) lives in one of the most arid areas with only one and half inch (40 mm) of rain per year, and has developed a unique technique to survive by obtaining water from early morning fog, which is also known as fog basking. It drinks the fog by the means of collecting it on its own bumpy back surface, which provides for accumulation of water droplets. The beetle stands on a ridge of sand in a forty-five degree angle facing the wind which allows for the water droplets to collect on its outer wings. The water droplets then roll down the beetle’s back into its mouth parts.