Click Beetle Video (video) University of Illinois College of Engineering Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption University of Illinois Mechanical Science and Engineering professor Aimy Wissa and her colleagues at Illinois were the first to study the click beetle's unique ability to jump without using their legs, unlike most animals and insects. The beetle is segmented by a hinge, which allows it to invert and then flex into a near vertical jump, using it as a way to reposition after becoming inverted. The researchers are creating a self-righting mechanism for autonomous robots inspired by the click beetle, and have led the way for several years in this novel concept. Credit University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.