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How many different types of grasshoppers are there today?

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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.

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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.

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