Scientists have discovered a fascinating phenomenon in the insect world – glassy-winged sharpshooters using their anal catapult to fling pee bubbles.
This incredible feat of urination is powered by the physics of superpropulsion, which allows the tiny insects to excrete vast amounts of urine in a matter of seconds.
The sharpshooter’s anal catapult works by using their butts to save energy. The insects are able to propel their pee droplets with an impressive amount of force, allowing them to fly distances of up to several meters.
The research, which was published in the journal Scientific American, suggests that the sharpshooter’s ability to use their anal catapult could be an evolutionary adaptation to conserve energy.
The findings have implications for the study of insect behavior, and could even lead to new advances in propulsion technology.
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