Posted: Aug 10, 2019 7:14 am
by aufbahrung
https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2019/08/lin ... n-the-air/

Lincoln scientists discover how maggots leap in the air
Connor Creaghan, Lincolnite



Scientists in Lincoln have discovered what they call an astonishing escape method used by tiny maggots to leap in the air.

The University of Lincoln worked with colleagues from the US to determine how the insects can curl their bodies into an improvised spring.

It is something that maggots can only do during a brief period every August, so academics filmed non-stop for the few days they were available.

This method used by maggots was determined to be 28 times more efficient than crawling over the same distance.

Videos recorded by the scientists revealed how they manage to curl their bodies into a loop and then press down on the rear of their bodies before releasing the pressure and jumping.

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