Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects. The grasshoppers have a three-part body (head, thorax and abdomen), six jointed legs, two pairs of wings, and two antennae. The long hind legs are used for hopping. The short front legs are used to hold prey and to walk. They have five eyes. Their body is covered with a hard exoskeleton.
Facts About Grasshoppers
- There are 18,000 kinds of grasshoppers in the world.
- Grasshoppers have no ears. They hear with an organ called tympanum.
- Grasshoppers go through three stage metamorphosis. Female lays several dozens of eggs and covers them in a paste like fluid to protect the eggs from winter. The eggs starts hatching when waether starts warming up. Eggs hatch into nymphs which takes 40-60 days to develop into an adult.
- Many male grasshoppers make noise by rubbing their back legs together.
- Grasshoppers eat plants. Their predators include birds, beetles, rodents, reptiles, and spiders. Some flies also eat grasshopper eggs.