Grasshoppers have a wide variety of characteristics including big hind legs for jumping, short antennae and conspicuous eyes. Grasshoppers also have a pair of appendages at the end of their abdomen and two pairs of wings.
A:Grasshoppers are herbivores, meaning they only eat plants and will pretty much eat what is available. Although they eat mainly leaves, they also snack on stems, seeds and flowers, and from time to time will eat dead insects to take in additional protein.
A:With over 10,000 different species in existence, grasshoppers are found on every continent except for Antarctica. Although most grasshoppers live in areas with lots of grass and open area, some thrive in jungles and forests.
A:Grasshoppers are not known for biting though they may occasionally bite a predator as a defense mechanism. Although grasshoppers have very strong jaws for tearing vegetation, they prefer jumping away to avoid capture rather than confronting predators.
A:The major difference between a grasshopper and a cricket is their antennae. Grasshoppers have short antennae, whereas crickets have long ones. Additionally, grasshoppers stridulate (i.e. sing or chirp) by rubbing their hind legs with the wings. Crickets make chirping sounds by rubbing their wings together.
A:The grasshopper's diet consists of plant foliage, especially grasses and spurges. It eats roughly half of its body weight in plants every day, according to About.com. The vast majority of grasshoppers are polyphagous, which means they are able to eat many types of plants. Only one of the 8,000 grasshopper species relies on one single plant species, making it monophagous.
A:The stages in the life cycle of a grasshopper are egg, nymph and adult. The nymph is almost indistinguishable from the adult, but it is much smaller. As the young nymph grows, it sheds its exoskeleton in a process called molting. Nymphs are unable to bear young and have slightly different wings containing non-functional wing pads.
A:According to Pest Control Options, effective strategies for getting rid of grasshoppers include keeping insect-eating animals on the property and dusting plants with flour. Ducks, chickens, guinea pigs and turkeys eat grasshoppers and are useful additions to any grasshopper reduction plan. Another effective measure is dusting plants with unsalted plain flour. Grasshoppers that eat flour-dusted plants soon find their mouths clogged with sticky flour.
A:Grasshoppers adapt to their environment by special breathing holes and sprays that protect them against predators. Grasshoppers are also known to have sharp hearing to warn them of oncoming predators. They also jump high and far away from their enemies using their strong and long legs. They are able to skillfully react to enemy presence, even at short notice. Grasshoppers also have a hard exoskeleton that protects their inner organs.
A:A group of grasshoppers is called a cloud. Grasshoppers are insects that range in size from ½ inch to 2¾ inches. They have two pairs of wings and six legs, four in front and two in the back. Unlike katydids and crickets, grasshoppers have short horned antennae.
A:Grasshoppers have a wide variety of characteristics including big hind legs for jumping, short antennae and conspicuous eyes. Grasshoppers also have a pair of appendages at the end of their abdomen and two pairs of wings.
A:Grasshoppers are eaten by birds, spiders, snakes, rodents and insects. In Mexico and Africa, grasshoppers are eaten by humans for their high protein content. Grasshoppers eat cereal crops, grass and leaves, but some species of grasshoppers are omnivorous.
A:According to Brisbane Insects and Spiders, the grasshopper mouth is a simple-type mouth, which has evolved with parts that function in chewing, cutting, grinding, manipulating, touching, tasting, sensing temperature and keeping food inside the mouth. The grasshopper mouth has some of the most primitive oral structures of any insect.
A:Some grasshoppers are identified by shorter antennae, hind wings, slanted or straight faces, and spurs or pegs between the first pair of legs. Wings can be clear, colorful or banded. Grasshopper heads are slanted, perpendicular or cone-shaped.
A:According to Sciences 360, a locust is a type of grasshopper, with different behavior. Locusts can exist alone or in communities, while grasshoppers only exist in solitary states. If a locust can find food it remains alone like a grasshopper; but when a locust must compete for food it is forced to congregate in a group and release serotonin. Serotonin causes locusts to change colors, become stronger and breed faster.
A:Grasshoppers are brown with darker markings. They are found widely throughout the United States. They are herbivores in general, feeding on various plants, though some strictly prefer different grasses.
A:Though some species prefer forests or jungles, most grasshoppers live in dry, open habitats that are grassy or have low plants. Grasshoppers, which are known in some regions as locusts, can be found on every continent except Antarctica.