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Wave-making by whirligig beetles (gyrinidae)

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Tucker, VA
Published in: Science
January 1, 1969

Swimming whirligig beetles (Dineutes carolinus) either make no waves at all or make conspicuous circular or vee-shaped patterns of capillary waves. The beetle's swimming speed can be determined from these wave patterns (or lack of them). Capillary waves precede the beetle for several body lengths, and their reflections may help the beetle avoid solid objects by echolocation. The gravity waves produced by a beetle are always longer than the beetle's hull length. Hence the waves do not interact with the hull to impose an upper limit on speed as they do with conventional ships. Although the beetles swim at high speeds, they apparently do not hydroplane.

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Science

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0036-8075

Publication Date

January 1, 1969

Volume

166

Issue

3907

Start / End Page

897 / 899

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  • General Science & Technology
 

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Tucker, V. A. (1969). Wave-making by whirligig beetles (gyrinidae). Science, 166(3907), 897–899. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.166.3907.897
Tucker, V. A. “Wave-making by whirligig beetles (gyrinidae).” Science 166, no. 3907 (January 1, 1969): 897–99. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.166.3907.897.
Tucker VA. Wave-making by whirligig beetles (gyrinidae). Science. 1969 Jan 1;166(3907):897–9.
Tucker, V. A. “Wave-making by whirligig beetles (gyrinidae).” Science, vol. 166, no. 3907, Jan. 1969, pp. 897–99. Scopus, doi:10.1126/science.166.3907.897.
Tucker VA. Wave-making by whirligig beetles (gyrinidae). Science. 1969 Jan 1;166(3907):897–899.
Journal cover image

Published In

Science

DOI

ISSN

0036-8075

Publication Date

January 1, 1969

Volume

166

Issue

3907

Start / End Page

897 / 899

Related Subject Headings

  • General Science & Technology