Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 2, 2021

This Insect Drinks Your Milkshake

The New York Times reports

The froghopper has amazing powers of suction, scientists found. It also produces astonishing amounts of urine.

A meadow froghopper urinates so much that it could drown itself. Luckily, the insect Philaenus spumarius, which is approximately the size of a Tic Tac, has a butt catapult that regularly flicks its globules of liquid waste into the air and safely away from its body.

mong entomologists, the froghoppers’ urinary powers are well understood. But the insects’ suction abilities, which long confounded scientists, have turned out to be much more impressive, according to a paper on the meadow froghoppers’ feeding mechanisms published on Wednesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Read more This Insect Drinks Your Milkshake – The New York Times


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