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Fascinating. This is a first for me. Thanks.
I see what you are saying about the static electricity. At times with the "ladybug wings" it seems as if the concave shape disperses the static around its curvatures in ways that remind me somewhat of airflow around an airplane wing.
Beyond this beetle brain, but wanted to bump.
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We have beetles out where I live, but I will have to find a dead one, can't pull them off live ones... i'd make a terrible scientist as I can't kill anything to do an experiment.
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Well, I am an animal lover, and couldn't possibly breed them just to study and kill them. Like I said, I'd be a lousy scientist if my job involved animals and testing.
Looks exciting, but I use to do the same thing when I was a kid by rubbing paper and tearing tiny pieces of paper on that sheet and watch them dance around like than.
Its called Static Electricity, and it does like gravity/magnetism, have strange properties.
Being beetle wings makes no difference i would think.
Telsa wanted to harness Static electricity.
Electrons can be exchanged between materials on contact; materials with weakly bound electrons tend to lose them while materials with sparsely filled outer shells tend to gain them. This is known as the triboelectric effect and results in one material becoming positively charged and the other negatively charged. The polarity and strength of the charge on a material once they are separated depends on their relative positions in the triboelectric series. The triboelectric effect is the main cause of static electricity as observed in everyday life, and in common high-school science demonstrations involving rubbing different materials together (e.g., fur against an acrylic rod). Contact-induced charge separation causes your hair to stand up and causes "static cling" (for example, a balloon rubbed against the hair becomes negatively charged; when near a wall, the charged balloon is attracted to positively charged particles in the wall, and can "cling" to it, appearing to be suspended against gravity).
A charged object brought close to an electrically neutral object causes a separation of charge within the neutral object. Charges of the same polarity are repelled and charges of the opposite polarity are attracted. As the force due to the interaction of electric charges falls off rapidly with increasing distance, the effect of the closer (opposite polarity) charges is greater and the two objects feel a force of attraction. The effect is most pronounced when the neutral object is an electrical conductor as the charges are more free to move around. Careful grounding of part of an object with a charge-induced charge separation can permanently add or remove electrons, leaving the object with a global, permanent charge. This process is integral to the workings of the Van de Graaff generator, a device commonly used to demonstrate the effects of static electricity.
Out of this world....
I noticed the reference to the egyptian winged symbol. I must say...I see a bug with wings now. I've never noticed that before.
It's called the scarab this bug...
Very fascinating. Maybe the ancient people knew this property of the bug. Maybe they used it to levitate stones. That would explain some stuff. Maybe.
I remember the scene from the movie "The Mummy". There was a scene were bunch of those bugs were attacking the tomb raiders...and now when I think about it...they looked kinda like...gliding over the floor. They moved fast and effortless.