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
Most species of grasshoppers have two pairs of wings. One pair is narrow, and the other pair is wide. Certain species of grasshoppers, specifically the males of the species, attract females by rubbing their wings against their legs or vibrating their wings.Full Answer >
The lifespan of a grasshopper depends on the climate where it resides. In climates where winter is cold, grasshoppers can only survive the winter as an egg. Adult grasshoppers do not survive low temperatures. In warmer climates, grasshoppers are capable of living for several years.Full Answer >
As of 2014, there are 11,000 species of grasshoppers can be found all over the world. Grasshoppers are one of 30 million species of insects living on our planet.Full Answer >
Grasshoppers rarely stay put for long; thanks to their large wings and powerful hind legs, they can escape the grasp of predators and travel great distances in short periods of time. Grasshoppers have some of the strongest legs of all insects in the world, which come in handy when they need to move quickly. They also have large wings that facilitate travel and long, sensitive antennae that help them seek out food and navigate through various environments.Full Answer >