Grasshoppers – cute green hoppers
Grasshoppers are leaping plant-eating insects. They are found all over the world. Grasshoppers live mostly in grasslands and tropical forests. Grasshoppers are closely related to crickets.
Grasshoppers use their long hind legs for jumping. They can not only hop but also fly, although some species are wingless. They have antennas on their heads to touch and smell. Their eyes allow them to see in all directions at once. They have two sets of jaws which move from side to side. Some grasshoppers are more than 11 centimeters long.
Grasshoppers that live in gardens are brown or green. Such coloring helps them blend in with the plants and dirt around them.
They are vegetarians and eat only plants.
Locusts are a type of grasshopper. They are found worldwide. They travel in huge swarms and can destroy a whole season’s worth of crops. Each locust can eat more than its body weight in food. They are about 5 centimeters long.
Cicadas are often called locusts, but they are a different family of insects. The 17-year cicada is the best-known type. It lives underground for 17 years and then dies after a few weeks of activity.
Many birds, frogs, and snakes eat any grasshoppers. And even people eat grasshoppers.
The male sings calling the female. They make their song by rubbing their wings together or by rubbing their hind legs on front wings. Male grasshoppers are smaller than females. Males of some species die shortly after mating. The females die after egg-laying.
Grasshoppers develop from egg, to a small wingless larval stage through several molts, to the mature adult.
The toxic species of grasshoppers have vivid warning colors.
Grasshoppers are ancient insects.
This insect is a symbol of abundance, numerous sons, and luck in China; irresponsibility and summer pleasure in Europe; nobility of the Greek aristocrat in Antiquity; and it is a symbol of disaster for the Jews.