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Water-Jumping Cricket Caught on Tape

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It's just five millimeters long, but what the pygmy mole cricket lacks in size... it makes up for with a unique ability

The tiny cricket, native to South Africa, has been revealed to be a spring–loaded, water–leaping wonder bug, capable of jumping many times its body length off the surface of water.

The discovery was made by Cambridge University zoology professor Malcolm Burrows who, with engineer colleague, Dr Gregory Sutton, filmed the amazing creature in action.

On land the critters can jump as far as 3.3 feet and as high as 2.3 feet.