Yes. The cockroach can jump… well at lest the Leaproach can jump, and up to 50 times it’s own length!
But this unique roach is the only 1 of ~4000 known roach species that can jump. While a few roach cousins like the American Cockroach are equipped with wings and do fly, the Leaproach has no wings. The secret to the roach jumpers success lies in it’s knees, modified with rubber-band-like resilin. Other differences from most cockroach species are in the antennae and eyes. The antennae also have an additional fixation point to apparently help with navigation. The eye’s are more rounded, perhaps an aerodynamic feature, and larger, possibly helping in sight for better landing. Oh one more distinction of honor for this particular roach…
Leaproach Awarded Top 10 New Species of 2011
According to the local Phoenix school of Arizona State University, the Jumping Roach made the top 10 New Species list for 2011! Who would of ever thought that cockroach would win a popularity contest? Hats off the this modern bug who is setting a new precedents for roaches everywhere.
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Make it a great day!
- Leaping Cockroach Gets Around on Spring-Loaded Knees (wired.com)
- Leaping cockroach jumps as high as a grasshopper (newscientist.com)
- Cockroach Infestation Takes Police Cruisers Off The Road (boston.cbslocal.com)