Beetle Juice Inspired!

The onymacris unguicularis is a beetle found in the Namibian desert and has the most unique way of procuring water. Early in the morning, when the dew enriched fog is settled over the dunes, the beetle goes to the peak and positions its body in such a way that it helps in dew formation, and slurps up the water thus formed. Using this technique is the Dew Bank Bottle. It’s made is such a way that the steel body helps to assimilate the morning dew and channel it into the bottle immediately. Ideal for the nomads in the desert!

Be sure to watch the BBC clip at the end of the post, which explains this ingenious tactic.

The Dew Bank Bottle won the Bronze Prize at the Idea Design Awards 2010

Designer: Kitae Pak

Dew Bank Bottle by Kitae Pak




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  • Erik says:

    Next up: stillsuits.

  • I want one. Now imagine scaling this up just a little as the roof of a tiny home. Love the beetle inspiration too; hope we learn to be as adaptive as that little bug 🙂

  • nobee says:

    I want this badly , then i dont need to carry so heavy water when i go hiking

  • PeoplePath says:

    This is great! I showed this to lots of people and they want to buy one…but there is not where to buy one that I have seen. When will this become available for sale?

  • widepers says:

    Very nice idea, wonder how much water can one collect overnight? I understand that “depends”, but how about a min and max (very dry climate vs very humid)… I kind of doubt it can collect “a glass of water in the morning”.

  • Fabrizio says:

    A small tool for a great service. With relatively small investment could save millions of lives.
    with small measures could keep the water free of impurities that coming from the environment.
    My compliments.

  • Fabrizio says:

    A small tool for a great service. With relatively small investment could save millions of lives.
    with small measures could keep the water free of impurities that coming from the environment.
    My compliments.

  • Jack says:

    Hi there, I was just wondering how much water it is possible to collect, with one of these, in a single night?

  • Jack says:

    Hi there, I was just wondering how much water it is possible to collect, with one of these, in a single night?

  • solar china says:

    Very nice idea

  • solar china says:

    Very nice idea

  • where could buy it?it is so good product

  • Johnny says:

    nice idea!
    Can I use the photo to an exhibition?

    I’m from Taiwan,and I’m run an exhibition about insect and people something like that.

    plz RE me a mail!


  • Katie Crews says:

    Hi, can someone please contact me about usage of these Dew Bank images on a client website? Thank you!

  • Dave Stephenson says:

    where can we buy these Dew Banks

  • Dzl says:

    Nice bottle

  • hanan says:

    very nice idea . where can i buy it ?

  • Jeff says:

    NERD!! LOL

  • Jeff says:

    So give us a link to purchase one (or 10) already!!! Don’t showcase it and not have a plan to sell it. That is just stupid!!

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  • Pablo Munguía says:

    To whom it may concern,

    I am a Master of Environmental Design candidate at the University of Calgary in Canada. I am emailing you to ask for copyright permission to use two of your images in my thesis, which is based on water management with a focus on biomimicry. The images can be found at and are the 3rd and 4th from top to bottom. Also, my thesis will only be used internally within the university and it will not be published.

    In case you can’t help me with this, I would really appreciate if you could provide me with an email address I can forward this message to.

    Kind regards

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