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.Continue Reading
Grasshoppers are vulnerable to various predators during each stage of their life cycle. Wasps, moles, toads and snakes, among many others, feed on the eggs. Nymphs and adults are attacked by toads, snakes and birds.
The process of growing from an egg to a nymph to an adult is called incomplete metamorphosis. In addition to grasshoppers, true bugs, cockroaches, termites, praying mantises, crickets and lice all go through incomplete metamorphosis. More highly developed insects go through four stages in their life cycle, which is called complete metamorphosis. These stages are egg, larva, pupa and adult. Insects in the larva phase look very different from the adults. They consume different food sources and are not in direct competition. During the pupa stage, the internal organs are broken down and reformed into the adult body. The adult insect then emerges from the pupal case. Butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, true flies and beetles go through these stages of the life cycle.Learn more about Grasshoppers
True bugs belong to the order Hemiptera and undergo an incomplete metamorphosis involving three stages: egg, nymph and adult. Nymphs molt several times before becoming adults. Bugs are often confused with beetles, which belong to the order Coleoptera and undergo a complete four-stage metamorphosis of egg, larva, pupa and adult.Full Answer >
An adult grasshopper is capable of leaping 10 times its length straight into the air and 20 times its length horizontally. If a man had the same abilities, he could jump over a five-story building and clear a football field in three leaps.Full Answer >
When transiting from the nymph to the adult stages of their life cycle, bedbugs change their appearance from 1.5 millimeter long, translucent nymphs to 5 to 7 millimeter long, brown-colored bugs. Bedbug nymphs molt five times to become adults. Their eggs are tiny and white in color.Full Answer >
Grasshoppers mate in late summer or fall, and the female lays an egg sac with up to 15 eggs in the ground. The eggs remain in the ground over winter, and they usually hatch in late May.Full Answer >