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The term Grasshopper represents as many as 9,000 different species of singing, jumping insects in two families of Orthoptera order. Winged insects having powerful hind legs and strong mandibles (mouthparts) can be categorized into two groups — Long-Horned Grasshoppers (family Tettigoniidae) and Short-Horned Grasshoppers (family Acrididae).

Long-Horned Grasshoppers are known to have antennae that are longer than the body and have their auditory organs located on the forelegs. Short-Horned Grasshoppers have antennae shorter than their body and have their auditory organs are located on the abdomen.

Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects and are found everywhere on Earth except the driest deserts and the North/South Poles.

The Grasshoppers body is covered with a hard exoskeleton. They have a three-part body (head, thorax [neck] and abdomen), six jointed legs all of which are used for walking purposes, two pairs of wings the front pair comprises of rigid wings, while the hind pair has larger, membranous wings (often bright in colour) and two antennae. The long hind legs are used for hopping while the short front legs are used to hold prey.

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Grasshoppers are hard to catch because they have five eyes and can look from all angles at once. Two of the eyes are on the front of its head. These multifarious eyes are made up of thousands of lenses that can see in all directions. Two simple eyes are in between the multifarious eyes and the antennae, with the fifth in a pit on its head.

Grasshoppers have no ears but hear with an organ called a tympanum on its abdomen that picks up noise vibrations. The loud chirping sound it makes comes from the male rubbing its back leg against a wing. (Like Crickets)

Normally, Grasshoppers mate in autumn. The female lays several dozens of eggs and covers them in a paste like fluid to protect the eggs from winter. The younglings go through three stage metamorphosis; the eggs start hatching when weather starts warming up giving birth to nymphs which takes 40-60 days to develop into an adult.

The young grasshoppers have to go through a number of moults (shedding of old exoskeleton and growing new ones), before they become a winged adult. During the moulting process, a grasshopper swallows air, in order to build up pressure in its body to split the old cuticle. The exoskeleton produced as a result of a grasshopper’s moulting is a perfect replica of its body. It comprises of the grasshopper’s antennae, eyes, insides of the mouth and even anus!

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Grasshoppers can jump up to 20 times their own body length.

Both sets of wings help them fly. They also use their wings to make sound. When resting the hind pair of wings folds and gets covered by the front pair.

The brown liquid they spit (sometimes called tobacco juice) is a defence mechanism against other insects. It is harmless to humans.

The Grasshopper’s colour also makes it very good at blending in with the scenery. This helps the grasshopper avoid some of its many predators.

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The Pygmy Grasshopper is the smallest at only 20mm (¾in) long and the largest is the Giant Grasshopper, it can grow up to 9cm (3½ins).

Some farmers love grasshoppers because they eat weeds. Some grasshoppers can quickly destroy crops by eating the plants the farmers want to harvest. Swarms of grasshoppers can eat through fields of wheat, corn, alfalfa and barley in minutes.

In some parts of the world, including parts of Africa, China, and Mexico people eat grasshoppers. They are full of protein and vitamins. However eating raw grasshoppers is dangerous. They should be cooked or at least boiled first or the human consuming them may get a tapeworm. In some areas, they are coated with chocolate and considered a delicious treat.

The main predators of grasshoppers include flies, birds, coyotes, skunks, reptiles, rodents, mantids, beetles, frogs and spiders. They might also be attacked and killed by the maggots of parasitic flies.

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Source: several sites on the net.



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