The Namib Desert beetle (genus Stenocara) lives in one of the most arid areas with only 40mm of rain per year.


The Namib Desert beetle 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 image is not manipulated.

Image from corbis

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:     Insecta
Order:     Coleoptera
Family:     Tenebrionidae
Genus:     Stenocara
Species:     S. gracilipes

Binomial name
Stenocara gracilipes