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Globular Springtails Jumping and Spinning



When a scientist is restricted to his home, he will find something interesting to study. An entomologist is lucky in that respect, since insects are everywhere. Dr. Adrian Smith took at look at the globular springtails (which are technically not insects) that gathered on his garbage can. These bugs are spring-loaded, and can jump and spin in enormous arcs relative to their size. I had never even heard of a globular springtail before, but I will be keeping my eye out for them now. I hear they have a super-weird sex life, too. -via Digg


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