Watch these tiny bugs jump

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Other boingers might be interested to know that there’s a psyllid, aphalara itadori, researchers are evaluating to help control Japanese knotweed.

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These little fellas need name a upgrade… I suggest Plant Gymnasts instead of Plant Lice.

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Malcolm Burrows is the only one to have studied the jumping abilities of most insects. Despite pushing 80 he still works on it some.
The first time I met him was at a conference 10 years ago. He started his talk by saying he had just caught a huge cicada outside during lunch and then opened an empty hand. With a shrug he said “oh well I guess it escaped.” No one knew if it was a joke, until 15 minutes into the talk when a huge cicada suddenly flew from the podium and did 4 or 5 passes through the audience. After 50 years of research he still seems like a kid having fun watching the insects in the yard

Really? I left wanting to learn so much more.

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Might as well… jump?

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That’s kinder than calling them Kellyannea Conwayce the Flightier Psyllid (scrubthwartia flipposo.)

* scratches uncontrollably *

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