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Experimental Studies and Dynamics Modeling Analysis of the Swimming and Diving of Whirligig Beetles (Coleoptera: Gyrinidae)

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The SEM micrographs of the legs of Gyrinus.

(A) SEM micrograph of the middle leg showing the folded swimming laminae. On the middle leg, the laminae are predominately on the outer surface. (B) SEM micrograph of the hind leg demonstrating the presence of laminae on both the inner and outer surface of the rowing blade. (C) SEM micrograph showing the significantly altered morphology of the foreleg. (D) Image of the point of attachment of a leg. The inset demonstrates the location of the micrograph relative to the beetle's body, with the area analyzed highlighted by the red box. SEM micrographs were used to measure the length (Llaminae) and width (Wlaminae) of the laminae for calculation of the effective are of the hind (Sh+) and middle legs (Sm+) with laminae extended. In all micrographs, the scale bar = 100 ┬Ám.

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002792.g003