High Jump Champion: The Froghopper

The froghopper (also known as the spittlebug due to its habit of living in frothy plant sap during the nymph stage of development) has overtaken the flea as high-jumping champion. Although the height of its jump – up to 70 centimeters – is roughly equivalent to that of a flea, it is 60 times heavier and so requires 60 times more force in its jump to reach the same height.

When a human astronaut is launched into space, they experience a G-force of approximately 5 gravities. By contrast, a froghopper, during the initial part of its jump, accelerates at the rate of 4000 meters per second per second, and experiences a G-force of more than 400 gravities.


Wikipedia: Froghopper

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