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.
Grasshoppers were named because they jump high and are found in grass. They can be found in woods, open fields and anywhere else there is grass. They are herbivores and their diet consists mostly of grass. They also eat shrubs, leaves, bark and weeds. The average length of a grasshopper is 2 inches, although some can grow up to 5 inches. The average lifespan of a grasshopper is one year. Up to nine months of their lives can be spent in an egg.Learn More
Tympanic membranes allow grasshoppers and their relatives to detect the mating calls of other grasshoppers. Grasshoppers use their tympanic membranes to perceive airborne sounds from their environment, similar to the human sense of hearing. Additionally, these membranes allow grasshoppers to perceive sounds made by approaching predators, according to the University of California, Riverside.Full Answer >
Grasshoppers possess the ability to shed one or both hind limbs in the event of a predator attack or limb damage; however, the lost limb will never grow back. This process is called autotomy.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 >
Grasshoppers are herbivores that primarily feed on stems, leaves, grasses and roots. There are about 8,000 species of grasshopper in the world, and they typically feed opportunistically on whatever plant life is available in their habitat.Full Answer >