Kick With A Punch

Grasshopper
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If you catch a grasshopper in your hand, you can feel it kicking as it tries to get free. The kick is surprisingly powerful. This is due to a catch mechanism in the joint between the femur and the tibia. The femur is swollen to accommodate large and powerful extensor muscles. The muscles contract slowly relative to the movement of the leg. The muscles bend the joint and transfer force to the joint the way a catapult might be loaded with force. When the…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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