Movements of young tardigrades within their eggs.

At the end of the egg development the eggs become very clear and translucid. In the middle egg you will see the pair of bent stilettos by means of which the grown-up water bears will pierce moss cells in order to prepare their moss muesli. The thin line between the two stilettos is the buccal tube through which the almost liquid moss muesli enters into the stomach. The globular chewing stomach has solid structures (small grains in the clip to the left) which serve to crunch solid particles, similar in function to human teeth. Image width about 200 µm.

 Before hypnosis begins you might return to the   Water Bear web base, issue #5

© Animation by  Martin Mach