Why do Jumping Beans jump?
Jumping beans are basically Mexican beans that bear the scientific name of Sebastiania palmeri or Sebastiania pavoniana. Known as Frijoles saltarines in the native country of Mexico, jumping beans are of great resemblance to small tan or brown beans that abundantly exists. Mexican jumping beans are not just the typical kind of beans being sold in the market. Jumping beans are also found to be significant in nature because it serves as a shelter for moths until such minute creatures can find their way out of the beans. Moths can work its way into the beans by means of laying eggs on the flowers of Sebastiania palmeri or Sebastiania pavoniana tree. After several weeks, the eggs laid starts to hatch and the larvae begin to feed on the pods of the beans. As days pass by, the pods hardened and the larvae within the beans grow to be moths. Mexican jumping beans are not found anywhere and is said to be harvested only in some parts of Mexico, particularly in the mountainous regions of the states of Sonora, Sinaloa, and Chihuahua.
Many people have found it odd to find beans that are typically jumping. The reason why jumping beans do jump is because of the moth that is contained within. As the moth tries to get from the bean that encapsulates it, it makes the bean jump. Thus, the name jumping bean was created. Although it may seem like an exaggeration term to be used, the jumping beans are undeniably jumping, especially during rainy season when the beans fall to the ground. At the beans fall to the ground, beans are observed to be jumping due to the moths that desire to move away from light and eventually find its way out in the open.