Sharpshooter insects

Blue-green Sharpshooter insect feeding on a basil plant (Location: Berkley, CA)

Sharpshooters catapult their droplets using their anal stylus

Close-up of the droplet catapulting mechanism. Sharpshooters form a droplet on their anal stylus before flinging it at high speeds.

Micro-CT of the hindgut of a glassy-winged sharpshooter, highlighting the ultrastructures of the anal stylus

Anal stylus of a glassy-winged sharpshooter insect (Homalodisca vitripennis). These insects use this appendage to catapult their droplet excreta


Cicada (Fidicinoides sp.) feeding on xylem-sap (Location: Madre de Dios, Peru)

MicroCT of longitudinal section of a cicada revealing its anatomy

Slingshot spiders

Close-up image of a slingshot spider (Credit: Symone Alexander)

Slingshot spider deforming its web before launching itself to capture its prey

Formation of a lipid bilayer at the interface of two lipid coated aqueous droplets in oil (Credit: Freeman Lab UGA)