The secret of jumping legless larvae revealed

Insect larvae can jump without legs. US scientists recorded it on the video.

Observations were made of dipterous gall midge larvae. They can jump over a distance that is about 40 times larger than their bodies. Even the most outstanding champions in long jump. Moreover, the larvae have no limbs.


Gall midges – insects from the same family with flies and mosquitoes

Biologists managed to establish a mechanism for such jumping. Larva gall midges coils into a ring, interlocking the ends of their body flakes. Then it straightens like a spring, and due to kinetic energy release the body of an insect is thrown on long distance.

Researchers at Duke University filmed a hop larva at using a high speed camera.

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