This study investigated the adhesion (pull-off) force and contact angles of a water strider's leg. During hydrostatic experiments, the adhesion force was found to be 2 dyn. The image of a cross section of a live leg contacted with a deformed water surface provided the contact angle of 168.8°. A numerical scheme was proposed to determine the water surface on a groove wall of a seta. The results showed that the asperities of a seta are almost wetted, and the fraction of the wetted projection area was 0.69. Thus, the contact angle of a seta was 124.8°.
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