The scientific name of a grasshopper is Caelifera. Grasshoppers belong to the order Orthoptera, the class Insecta and the phylum Arthropoda. Grasshoppers also belong to the kingdom Animalia.
Grasshoppers are found all over the world, and they are herbivores. There are 11,000 different grasshopper species, most of which have an average lifespan of one year. Grasshoppers are green, yellow or brown. They are mostly found in fields and meadows. Birds, rodents, reptiles and other insects all prey on grasshoppers. Grasshoppers are characterized by their long antennas and their ability to jump. Females lay egg pods that contain a few dozen grasshopper eggs. The female grasshopper inserts the egg pod into the soil, and the eggs wait to hatch until the weather is warm. Most grasshoppers spend the majority of their lives inside an egg.