Froghopper Bug Crowned “World’s Greatest Leaper”

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 30, 2003   View Article

A sap-sucking bug that coats plants with wads of foamy spit has been crowned the insect world’s greatest leaper. It has more jumping prowess than fleas, out hops the springiest grasshoppers, and clears the high bar more quickly than bush crickets.

Philaenus spumarius, commonly known as a froghopper or spittle bug, is a mere 0.2 inches (6 millimeters) long, but employs a novel catapult mechanism to launch itself upwards of 28 inches (70 centimeters) into the air.

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