WHAT IS THE GRASSHOPPER?
Grasshoppers are usually brown insects
with some darker markings but they can be all kinds
of colors depending on the geography. They have
grown to have 2 big hind legs for jumping and 2
pairs of wings to help them glide through the air
after jumping because they can't fly. They also
have very long antennae that grow from 20 to 24
segments. In the early stage of life the grasshopper
has no wings. In later stages, wings become visible
at the end of the thorax or body.
Grasshoppers feed on a variety of plants and some
only feed on grass. Their predators include, birds,
lizards, mantids, spiders and rodents. This creature
effects the ecosystem and their habit in a positive
ways because they help fertilize plant life, help
fertilize the soil and provide food for birds and
arthropods. Their negative impact is that some species
of grasshopper occur in very large numbers and cause
serious crop damage and loss of plants in pastures.