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Pygmy Mole Crickets: Freshwater Species of the Week

Last week, research published in the journal Current Biology revealed details of the only animal known to be able to jump off the surface of water. Small insects called pygmy mole crickets use tiny prongs and paddles on their legs to propel themselves off the surface of water, up to 18 times the height of their...

Last week, research published in the journal Current Biology revealed details of the only animal known to be able to jump off the surface of water.freshwater species of the week

Small insects called pygmy mole crickets use tiny prongs and paddles on their legs to propel themselves off the surface of water, up to 18 times the height of their bodies.

Video of the pygmy mole cricket’s leap is above.

The researcher who discovered this behavior, Malcolm Burrows, was eating his lunch beside a pond in South Africa when he noticed the startling leaps.

 

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