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Glue sticks underwater: giant water bug


Eggs glued to water bug's back / Matthew Robi.. / LicenseCC-by - Attribution

Females of giant water bug species glue eggs to their mates' backs via bodily secretions that act as a type of waterproof glue.

"Using bodily secretions, the female [giant water bug] glues the eggs to her mate's back." (Crump 2005:52)
About the inspiring organism
Med_giant_water_bug Abedus indentatus
Abedus indentatus (Haldeman, 1854)

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Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Adhesives (medical, food, marine, building (exterior), plumbing) that cure underwater.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Adhesives

Crump, M. 2005. Headless Males Make Great Lovers & Other Unusual Natural Histories. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 199 p.
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