Thursday, October 13, 2011

How The Flea Jumps


A flea can jump up to 200 times its body length. That is like a human jumping 365 metres. Even Jonathan Edwards with a hop skip and a jump and a following wind only managed 18.29 metres.  High speed footage has shown the flea uses it hind legs as multi-jointed levers while large spines near their feet grip the ground for extra traction.


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7 comments:

Would be amazing to see at their scale first hand. Making me itch now.

Perils of writing this blog - I itch A LOT! ;)

That flea looked fairly anxious when you jump that far you never know what your getting yourself into :)

If you listen VERY carefully you can hear the flea's terrified scream! ;)

It could land anywhere like these pesky satellites. If you are near the expected landing site you may want to flee - sorry!

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