Why Do Mexican Jumping Beans Jump?

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Not actually a bean at all (beans being seeds from the family Fabaceae, also known as Leguminosae), the Mexican Jumping Bean is the seed pod of a shrub called Sebastiania pavoniana that has been implanted with larva from the Laspeyresia saltitans (also called Cydia deshaisiana) moth.

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  1. Now that you know why Mexican jumping beans jump check out this video and find out the answer to the question- Can You Really Tip a Cow?:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEEUn_bBOl4

  2. fun fact: if you cut the beans open and put the larva next to each other they fight to the death…
    okay not so fun i guess

  3. In the 1970's when I was a kid we used to get a small sack of Mexican Jumping Beans in those gumball type machines found at the entrance to stores and for 5 cents!
    Today if you want Mexican Jumping Beans they cost about $12.00. WE ARE being robbed (of SO many things; great and small!) in todays world……

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