Power for the Jump

Pine Spittlebug
Top Left: Frothy masses of Spittlebug Larvae on Pine Trees
Bottom Left: Leaf Flagging
Top Right: Larva is barely visible under a cloak of froth
Middle Right: Larva Plucked from the Tree
Bottom Right: Adult is covered in early morning dew

Froghoppers can jump large distances compared to their height. Some species can generate a jumping force that is 400 times their body mass. How do they generate the force? Froghoppers have a complex structure, the pleural arch, that links the…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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