The newly discovered leaproach, which seems to be a cockroach, but acts like a grasshopper, is described in the journal biology letters.
The insect was found in the natural reserve of Silvermine in South Africa Table Mountain National Park. It lives in grasslands and feeds on grasshoppers droppings.
Only four tenths of an inch long, can jump up to 50 lengths of body in a single leap.
The cockroach has great legs that make up 20 percent of their body weight. His bulging eyes offer a wide field of vision that is useful while landing, said one of the authors of the study, Mike Picker, an entomologist at the University of Cape Town.
“The knee of the hind legs contains the resilin elastic protein”, he said. “Probably this restores the shape of the leg, folded during the forces of jump”.
Leaproach ”outcompetes locusts, which can only be administered in 20 times long jump,” said Dr. Picker.
He and co-author, Jonathan d. Colville, entomologist at the same University, accidentally discovered the cockroach in 2006 while looking for Ant larvae.
The cockroach jump or jump 71 percent of the time. Otherwise, get everything as a typical cockroach.
Dr. Picker speculated that there may be other species jump cockroaches that have not yet discovered.