Common Frog hopper (Philaenus spumarius)(Garden)


Common Frog Hopper

This small, common froghopper is variably patterned with brown, black and white . The wings are held like a tent over the body. It has recently been discovered that this froghopper is the champion jumper of the animal kingdom, able to jump 70 cm into the air. This is a greater height than the flea, yet the froghopper is much heavier, so it has the most impressive jumping style. The back legs used in jumping are so well-developed in this species that they trail behind it when it walks around. The jump is so powerful that in the initial stages a G-force of over 400 G