December 3, 2012

Pygmy Mole Crickets Don’t Just Walk on Water, They Jump on It

Pygmy mole crickets are known to be prodigious jumpers on land. Now, researchers reporting in the Dec. 4 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have found that the tiny insects have found an ingenious method to jump from the water, too. Their secret is a series of spring-loaded, oar-like paddles on their back legs.

Credit: Burrows et al., Current Biology

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