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Pygmy Mole Crickets Don't Just Walk on Water, They Jump on It

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Caption: Pygmy mole crickets are known to be prodigious jumpers on land. Now, researchers reporting in the Dec. 4 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have found that the tiny insects have found an ingenious method to jump from the water, too. Their secret is a series of spring-loaded, oar-like paddles on their back legs.

Credit: Burrows et al., Current Biology

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