Insects that jump include the froghopper, the flea, the grasshopper and the katydid. Insects that jump often use their ability to escape from predators, and their jumps are sometimes proportionally equivalent to a human leaping many hundreds of feet.Know More
The froghopper is a tiny insect just 1/5 inch long but with a powerful jumping ability that allows it to catapult more than 2 feet into the air. Strong leg muscles store the energy, then release it all in one burst, subjecting the froghopper to about 400 times the force of gravity as it accelerates to speeds of about 13 feet per second. The froghopper's jump is so fast that even with a high-speed camera capable of shooting 2,000 frames per second, the insect's jump takes up only two frames.
The flea, a bloodsucking parasite, also stores up energy for a jump, leaping from the "toes" of the legs.
Grasshoppers are some of the best-known jumpers of the insect world. The muscles they use to leap are 10 times stronger than those of humans; only clams have stronger muscles in the animal kingdom.
Katydids look like grasshoppers but are more closely related to crickets. They are notable for their camouflage that makes them look like leaves or other plants in their environment.Learn more about Grasshoppers
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.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
After breeding, female grasshoppers dig a hole in the ground in which to lay their eggs by using a special tube in their abdomen known as an ovipositor. The ovipositor is first used to dig the hole, and then to deposit the eggs one by one into the hole.Full Answer >
The giant weta are endangered because of predation by introduced species and habitat destruction, according to New Zealand's Department of Conservation. Weta habitat is being destroyed both by humans and by introduced mammalian browsers, such as deer.Full Answer >