Biomechanics: Froghopper insects leap to new heights

  title={Biomechanics: Froghopper insects leap to new heights},
  author={Malcolm Burrows},
There are two basic body designs for jumping that enable many animals to escape from predators, to increase their speed of locomotion or to launch into flight. Animals with long legs (bush babies, kangaroos and frogs, for example) have a levering power that enables them to use less force to jump the same distance as short-legged animals of comparable mass, whereas those with short legs must rely on the release of stored energy in a rapid catapult action. Insects exploit both designs: bush… CONTINUE READING
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