Amazing Slo-Mo Video Of Baby Praying Mantis Jumping Gives Scientists Big Surprise

March 6, 2015 1:39 PM

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Amazing Slo-Mo Video Of Baby Praying Mantis Jumping Gives Scientists Big Surprise

Praying mantises are pretty amazing jumpers--and you don't have to take that on faith. Just have a look at this amazing new video (above) of a baby mantis making a heroic Hail Mary hop and nailing a very tricky landing.

The video is a slowed-down look at a leap that in real life takes only 80 milliseconds--or briefer than the blink of an eye. It shows that, unlike fleas and grasshoppers and other jumping insects, mantises don't spin uncontrollably while airborne.

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