Praying Mantises are Expert Acrobats in Mid-Air

Praying mantises, with their twiggy limbs and long bodies, lack the look of agility, but we all know looks are often deceiving.

These lanky insects, as wingless juveniles, leap from twig to twig faster than the blink of a human eye, and they stick their landing with the precision and grace of Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci. Researchers, intrigued by mantises’ aerial mastery, filmed hundreds of leaps by these insects and discovered the secret behind their athleticism, and it’s far from sim

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