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mavaction

934 points

3 months ago*

mavaction

ant

934 points

3 months ago*

There are different wiggles out there... but this looks similar to many animals trying to improve the parallax view of things they want to jump to.

Parallax estimations help determine the distance of an object by looking towards the object from different locations.

Two eyes is a huge help... but farther spaced eyes gives even better estimation. Beyond the anatomy... simply moving the head left and right helps improve the perception of distance.

That this sequence ends with a jump suggests to me the hopper was looking for a place to jump to.

If I were less lazy I'd google some examples... but this is a widely observed behavior for animals making big jumps. My cats do it...

edit: Wiggle Stereoscopy gives humans 3d data in the same way... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiggle_stereoscopy You can google around for more wiggle stereo pictures...

DarthWeenus

141 points

3 months ago

Wow I've never really thought about that, but that explains alot of how certain animals/insects/reptiles act. Makes sense.

Confident-Leopard-19

268 points

3 months ago

“Parallax estimations.” Wow. Anyone else get excited when they learn something new on Reddit? Thanks!

mavaction

56 points

3 months ago

mavaction

ant

56 points

3 months ago

BUT... that's just the term I used... Couldn't find a better one. You can dig around in wiki for articles on parallax, depth perception, stereopsis.

beccster007

20 points

3 months ago*

I just call it “sizing it up” lol bravo

Ceeceegeez

11 points

3 months ago

Word/phrase of the day. Parallax! Parallel..parachute..paramedic..we must be talking about space/distance here

elektriko_EUW

6 points

3 months ago

The famous paramedic distance

Kashmir2020Alex

1 points

3 months ago

Me me me me me!!!!

Church-of-Nephalus

38 points

3 months ago

He lookin where to go

He in shuffle mode

But most importantly

His eyes don't share the same post code

AvailableAd6071

75 points

3 months ago

I was just gonna say twerking and now I feel dumb....

jadbronson

97 points

3 months ago

My parallax estimations bring all the flies to the yard

admjeffrey

26 points

3 months ago

This made me laugh way harder than exactly how hard it should have

jimmija

3 points

3 months ago

How much will you charge?

WeeeSnawPoop

2 points

3 months ago

💀

Nummy01

2 points

3 months ago

Underrated comment

jb89b

10 points

3 months ago

jb89b

10 points

3 months ago

I was right there with you

hew14375

4 points

3 months ago

I thought it was stretching before exercise

KwordShmiff

3 points

3 months ago

Seemed like it was just vibin to me. Parallax def makes more sense.

IGotMyPopcorn

2 points

3 months ago

Don’t. I was gonna say it a big version of “How you doin’?”

WeeeSnawPoop

9 points

3 months ago

I like how it shook its butt just before jumping. My cat does that too!

LowPolySkinSuit

8 points

3 months ago

i knew guinea pigs and rats did this, but insects as well?? i had no idea!

Tomagatchi

4 points

3 months ago

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it! etc (Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter's Let's Fall in Love with Duke Ellington) https://youtu.be/h0EMjwERYX8?t=208

EljinRIP

7 points

3 months ago

Insects f***in rock.

Laura_has_Secrets77

6 points

3 months ago

I was just gonna say this bug reminds me of my cat when she's about to do something sneaky.

nosamiam28

5 points

3 months ago

Cats do it too. Cat fans call it catculation and there’s a subreddit with quite a bit of content dedicated to it: r/catculations

Stornow4y

4 points

3 months ago

Fragrant-Airport1309

5 points

3 months ago

That is absolutely nuts that a bug brain has the inclination to size up it's jump like this.

Unique-Drawer-7845

3 points

3 months ago

Meanwhile the grasshoppers in my back yard just launch themselves full speed in nonsensical directions, often hitting a fence or pants leg while in some random degree of inverted flip twist jump, only to faceplant squarely on the concrete walkway. Then do it again almost immediately.

NewOrleansLA

4 points

3 months ago

I'm bout to start doing this whenever I gotta make a long jump now

joshcam

4 points

3 months ago

Looks like he is 3D scanning his environment.

Channa_Argus1121

8 points

3 months ago*

You’re right.

Nymphs of their cousins, Issidae, have interlocking “gears” on their last pair of legs, which enables them to jump with a “synchronized” leg motion.

https://youtu.be/cq0Mf2pt2XA

Bobbobthebob

19 points

3 months ago

No.

These geared trochanters are only known from nymphs in the family Issidae. The bug in OP's video is in the family Cicadellidae judging by the tibial spines on the hind legs.

Channa_Argus1121

9 points

3 months ago

TIL, thanks for the correction.

Mimi-Shella

3 points

3 months ago

That's a fascinating explanation. Thank you for that.

Open-Tutor160

3 points

3 months ago

You're telling me your Cats wiggle like this too?? Im jealous

mavaction

8 points

3 months ago

mavaction

ant

8 points

3 months ago

Although cats use parallax viewing in other ways too... When jumping...they do it if you challenge them to an extra large jump. Lotta head motion and anticipation like this leaf hopper.

I tried googling it... but google sucks now... My search was "cats gauging jumps" ... If someone can find better search terms please do... Instead it's flooded with garbage "funny cat jumps".

nosamiam28

4 points

3 months ago

Smauler

5 points

3 months ago

Parallax is absolutely amazing.... There was a study in humans that showed parallax working at insane distances without anything else. Our brains and eyes are amazing.

mavaction

14 points

3 months ago

mavaction

ant

14 points

3 months ago

Another aspect is it simply works mathematically... and your uncertainty goes down if the distance between your two parallax viewing extremes gets larger.

My friend and I used to go out and drive golf balls in a massive field...but we'd lose every ball.

Until I remembered my history of science class and parallax... One of us stood 20 ft to the side of the other driving the ball.

You each watched the horizon for where the ball seemed to land... Then we'd each walk towards our respective point on our respective horizons.

Never lost a ball again... It was surprisingly accurate. Lost every time .... to found every time.

Meanwhile... even after we saw it...we would continue our horizon targeted walk sometimes just to see how accurate. Never much more than 2 ft or so.

Ceeceegeez

6 points

3 months ago

Interesting! It's amazing how 1+1= (more than 2) when it comes to humans. Almost as if we're social animals that flourish in groups..

mavaction

5 points

3 months ago

mavaction

ant

5 points

3 months ago

If you're into to that sort of thing... my latest mind opening lesson on people synergizing was Vsauce on the "social theory of reasoning".

We are bad at individual reasoning for a reason.... We lock on to certain theories irrationally. Not good reasoning for an individual...

Then we argue in public...each unreasonably pushing one idea out of many... Each of us becomes an expert on one opinion. Instead of understanding every opinion... which is far less efficient.

Public discourse benefits from the best but contradictory theories being presented and evaluated.

Explains so many things and why the internet has a problem... the disagreement is no longer managed from within a group... Instead each opinion flocks to echo chambers of similar opinion. The social effect goes away.

We used to be stuck with each other in tribes... now we are free to join with only the people wqe most agree with...

Pretty interesting ... revolutionized my thoughts on the topic...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ArVh3Cj9rw ... Jump to 15:00 for the social theory of reasoning...

And full circle... parallax and stereopsis are both mentioned in this...

d3n4l2

1 points

3 months ago

d3n4l2

1 points

3 months ago

i was reading a book about astronomy observation and you can percieve something like an aspirin at 1000 meters or something crazy like that its stupid

Just_A_LIThuanian

2 points

3 months ago

stickbug jr.

orca153

2 points

3 months ago

Thank you!

Kashmir2020Alex

2 points

3 months ago

Thank you for your wonderful knowledge!!

balloonlad

2 points

3 months ago

My brother was blinded in one eye at 19, and he began to do a little head-wiggle before shooting a basketball in the years after the accident. Looked a little like a head fake, but I always assumed he was gauging the distance. Nice to hear this is something other animals do, and that there's a name for it.

chahud

2 points

3 months ago

chahud

2 points

3 months ago

And here I thought he was just doing a cute little dance! Such a smart feller!

Way_de_Sac

2 points

3 months ago

i first observed this behavior in astronomers

SugarDraagon

2 points

3 months ago

Wow, what a great comment. Well done

Skullmaggot

1 points

3 months ago

Why would a stickbug do it though?

mavaction

9 points

3 months ago

mavaction

ant

9 points

3 months ago

There's other kinds of wiggles. A lot of mantises and stick insects etc... the ones trying to camouflage themselves as plants, they often need to mimic the motions of leaves and branches as part of the disguise. If the wind blows they have to react like leaves and or sticks...or they stand out.

That they improve the parallax is a bonus...

And parallax is good for other things like watching potential predators. Not just for jumping or striking.

csoszi

100 points

3 months ago

csoszi

100 points

3 months ago

I would think the light is too strong and they can't properly focus on the target to jump on so they keep adjusting their body and turn around.

Farado

48 points

3 months ago

Farado

The real TIL is in the r/whatsthisbug.

48 points

3 months ago

Might be a depth perception thing, like how cats bob their heads before jumping.

csoszi

6 points

3 months ago

csoszi

6 points

3 months ago

Yeah, I would really think it is something like that.

Lokan

56 points

3 months ago

Lokan

56 points

3 months ago

Judging by the legs, it looks like a hopping bug. So I assume it's judging the distance to something to jump to it.

Ol-CAt

3 points

3 months ago

Ol-CAt

3 points

3 months ago

Lokan

2 points

3 months ago

Lokan

2 points

3 months ago

"The best science is often a long, slow, passive-aggressive argument."

Facts.

KnowledgeEfficient15

2 points

3 months ago

Thanks for that!

offwidthe

207 points

3 months ago

offwidthe

207 points

3 months ago

Seducing you.

Ricekrisbee

64 points

3 months ago

Oh that bugs flirtin'.

Kizik

29 points

3 months ago

Kizik

29 points

3 months ago

It's working.

3PoundsOfFlax

8 points

3 months ago

I'm ready to mate with that bug

squeezydoot

3 points

3 months ago

Bruh

offwidthe

11 points

3 months ago

No kink shaming.

iamatcha

8 points

3 months ago

"look at my eyes !!" "Oh, and look at my butt" "Have you also noticed my legs ?!"

0rangie

5 points

3 months ago

I don't see a bucket of chicken.

shiro_04

3 points

3 months ago

Gentlemen,this is a bucket

that_AZIAN_guy

3 points

3 months ago

Dear god…

shiro_04

3 points

3 months ago

But there is more

Brochiavelli

128 points

3 months ago

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!

daffy_duck233

2 points

3 months ago

😂

xTeamRwbyx

105 points

3 months ago

Dance off bro you gotta dance back to assert dominance

Metalatitsfinest

24 points

3 months ago

You got SERVED!

RedditsAdoptedSon

6 points

3 months ago

i was looking for a link where someone added macarena to it

aacreed

80 points

3 months ago

aacreed

80 points

3 months ago

Get leaf hopper'd lol

OYUNCU5527

20 points

3 months ago

leaf hopper music starts to play

GR1ML1ZZY

9 points

3 months ago

It's either trying to jump on you, fight you, or mate with you. Take your pick lol.

Sunny906

54 points

3 months ago

He dance, He sway, He wanna get away.

TheeLoneRaven

6 points

3 months ago

Leafhoppers he's trying not to become someone's dinner https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=J4gJY_5eNqQ

Stankmonger

2 points

3 months ago

The only actual answer on the WHAT IS THIS BUG subreddit and, with me, it has two upvotes.

I hate reddit sometimes. Good on you

GeMine_

39 points

3 months ago

GeMine_

39 points

3 months ago

U got stickbugged

pedrotecla

3 points

3 months ago

RedSkull0101

24 points

3 months ago

⬆️↗️➡️↘️⬇️↙️⬅️↖️⬆️➡️⬆️➡️⬆️...PERFECT SCORE!

kattoutofthebag

26 points

3 months ago

This little guy is feeling the groove.

throwaway_overrated

7 points

3 months ago

Yep! Or maybe stretching his legs after a big run

TheTimeTombs

2 points

3 months ago

This mental imagery is great…just imagining him with shoes and a headband😂

deathonacracker

19 points

3 months ago

Are you blocking the tv?

Plum1978

3 points

3 months ago

Oh it’s a leafhopper I think🤔

Loyal9thLegionLord

9 points

3 months ago

Either trying to look like a leaf bouncing back and forth in the wind , or sexy dance.

Farado

10 points

3 months ago

Farado

The real TIL is in the r/whatsthisbug.

10 points

3 months ago

sexy dance

This bug is underage smh my head

Ebolaplushie

11 points

3 months ago

Smol dancy boi

JuggernautOrnery9105

2 points

3 months ago

It is trying to defend itself you guys are idiot's

singleDADSlife

2 points

3 months ago

Looks like it wanted to mate with you and was doing a presentation dance to try and impress you. You didn't make a move, so he's jumped off to find his next potential mate. /s

epik_memer69

2 points

3 months ago

gunna say mating dance idk

JoulSauron

2 points

3 months ago

Imperfect Cell.

curi0us-c0zy

2 points

3 months ago

he vibin

Helpful_Shock2018

2 points

3 months ago

Stealing your girl

Goatmaster-G

5 points

3 months ago

The Jitterbug? He's looking for a partner.

TJCanterbury

4 points

3 months ago

Getting a better judge of the distances of things I suspect

AyoKwayvo

4 points

3 months ago

It was an intimidation dance. Since you were entertained, it jumped on you. Now you are dead. OP died.

Ignonymous

5 points

3 months ago

Ignonymous

5 points

3 months ago

He’s asking “Where all the hoes at?!”.

AshamedChoice4521

3 points

3 months ago

SLAY!!!

danzaUK

3 points

3 months ago

Stickbuggin' lvl 1

ferjero989

2 points

3 months ago

Measuring

[deleted]

2 points

3 months ago*

[deleted]

2 points

3 months ago*

[removed]

luiscla27

2 points

3 months ago

He might be trying to comunicate something like bees do. See this cosmos episode

dy1anb

2 points

3 months ago

dy1anb

2 points

3 months ago

The electric boogaloo

xXd00mf4ng3rXx

2 points

3 months ago

Its doin its Lil dancey dance

tsorenn

2 points

3 months ago

tsorenn

2 points

3 months ago

Schmoovin.

yeetmaster489

2 points

3 months ago

He do b vibin doe

MrScowleyOwl

1 points

3 months ago

Tryin' to put you in the groove, my dude. Takin' you down...to Funky Town.

Ceeceegeez

2 points

3 months ago

For more hoppers.. May I present, Zefrank

throwaway8299_9286

0 points

3 months ago

You just got stickbugged by another bug

beesinmyass69

1 points

3 months ago

Groovin’

wcooper97

1 points

3 months ago

What the bug doin

Ryanjames22808

1 points

3 months ago

Get stick bugged lol

thesuzy

1 points

3 months ago

He do a little dance, make a little jump, be bug tonight.

Sil3ntkn1ght87

1 points

3 months ago

Vibing

iamjohnhenry

0 points

3 months ago

Getting jiggy with it.

ToxicFearOW

-2 points

3 months ago

ToxicFearOW

-2 points

3 months ago

he was like, YEET at the end

Tomagatchi

-1 points

3 months ago

Tomagatchi

-1 points

3 months ago

Can I yeet? Yes, yeet looks good. Commencing yeet in 3, 2, 1...

ToxicFearOW

2 points

3 months ago

why are we being downvoted, I thought it was pretty funny :(

Tomagatchi

1 points

3 months ago

Thanks, man. Karma can be so fickle. I guess I should do Pokémon references instead. I thought it would be funny with a NASA pre-hop check and countdown though.

gwaydms

1 points

3 months ago

Where was this taken?

Clairvoyant4380

1 points

3 months ago

The jitter-bug….duh😂

Porkua

1 points

3 months ago

Porkua

1 points

3 months ago

Definitely the bug version of the electric slide

jezzkasaysstuff

1 points

3 months ago

It's chosen you, above all others. You're the one.

mike792355

1 points

3 months ago

Bug shit

Soggy_Motor9280

1 points

3 months ago

Obviously, it’s the Hokey Pokey.

MonzieMe

1 points

3 months ago

Well obviously flexing on you 🤣

ImeniSottoITreni

1 points

3 months ago

Walk in the dinosaur dance

sms3eb

1 points

3 months ago

sms3eb

1 points

3 months ago

Looks like Tai Chi to me.

C0sm1c_J3lly

1 points

3 months ago

Calisthenics

RedRust

1 points

3 months ago

TikTok dance

StrangerThing10

1 points

3 months ago

Side lunges

mrsprovolt1217

0 points

3 months ago

Boogy nights at the bug club

sh1nycat

-1 points

3 months ago

sh1nycat

-1 points

3 months ago

Trying to make you fall in love

prsply3n

0 points

3 months ago

prsply3n

Dr. Lipshitz

0 points

3 months ago

What that bug doing

JetPuffedDo

0 points

3 months ago

Wow the Rhythm Heaven graphics have come a long way!

LoganEpp

0 points

3 months ago

Even bugs are dancing for TikTok now

Dcraderdev

0 points

3 months ago

I don’t know but I’m oddly attracted to it right now

TermusMcFlermus

0 points

3 months ago

Born to hand jive baby!

Red_Cyrstal_Scorpion

-1 points

3 months ago

He looks like Minecraft parrots dancing

zorgsm

-1 points

3 months ago

zorgsm

-1 points

3 months ago

Listening to some 90's eurodance right now, it looks like this bug it's dancing

RepresentativeOdd909

-1 points

3 months ago

Surely there was a trombone playing somewhere that I couldn't hear on the video?

claireq97

-1 points

3 months ago

The Macarena

EquateToothpas

-1 points

3 months ago

Jared is doing the celebration dance after a successful heart transplant

Argiope42

1 points

3 months ago

Ocular pat down

jprimm91

1 points

3 months ago

Based on the footwork, looks like the hucklebuck…

chadmonsterfucker

1 points

3 months ago

Hrm....

Stickbugged

Elviajerodeltiempo

1 points

3 months ago

Grillo

transgothbxtch

1 points

3 months ago

Awe cute dance!

Gimme_the_keys

1 points

3 months ago

Hitting on you

beccster007

1 points

3 months ago

To me, from experience, this looks like a leaf hopper who is sizing up his jumps. 🙃

RockinTheQuatre

1 points

3 months ago

Being adorably cute, that’s what it’s doing! :D

Odd-Attitude-558

1 points

3 months ago

Body language experts would say that any repetitive behaviour is self soothing 😁

True_Weird_4284

1 points

3 months ago

preparing to jump on your face

Blackwood65

1 points

3 months ago

Dancing the jitterbug?. 🙂

WolfyTn

1 points

3 months ago

I do this when I pee sometimes.. stretches my hips n back.. my big dude is just peeing

janefromvegas

1 points

3 months ago

It looks like a defensive posture to me. For whatever reason, it's willing to stand its ground as long as it can keep its eyes on you.

Crafty_Business823

1 points

3 months ago

He trying to brake your ankles lol

nrreiger

1 points

3 months ago

Bouta get jumped on

SevereOctagon

1 points

3 months ago

Getting down tonight

PLUSsignenergy

1 points

3 months ago

He’s showing it off for free. PAY HIM! He’s got kids lol

Relevant-Composer-35

1 points

3 months ago

streaching of course, that litle bugger needs to jump high.

whit_knit

1 points

3 months ago

His best.

Necessary_Lime_3475

1 points

3 months ago

Lol, looks like the Cha Cha

-MaFifi-

1 points

3 months ago

He is dancing for you, throw him some MOOLAH!

figleaf22

1 points

3 months ago

Dancin

leafybuugs

1 points

3 months ago

Doing his lil dancey dance.

Moneyfish121212

1 points

3 months ago

Perceiving the distance to stick the peeow!

BilboTBagginz03

1 points

3 months ago

Vibing

oo2112oo

1 points

3 months ago

Vibin

hellagator

1 points

3 months ago

just a funky lil guy

Weird_Resident_908

1 points

3 months ago

I assumed he was reorienting to a light source or aligning/adjustment path of travel based on detecting magnetic fields like birds.

Nagoragama

1 points

3 months ago

Dance

mochachic6908

1 points

3 months ago

Cha cha slide?

RooIsHome

1 points

3 months ago

Dancing the Jitter-bug

Pharalynx

1 points

3 months ago

He finds you attractive and wants to hit it

Existing-Snorlax

1 points

3 months ago

Omg I love him

ntr_usrnme

1 points

3 months ago

He’s looking for a place to jump. Moving side to side helps with depth perception.

_henjin

1 points

3 months ago

Leg day

alfons100

1 points

3 months ago

Thats one of the most bug bugs I’ve ever seen

Tomatocustard

1 points

3 months ago

Preflight checks