Grasshoppers belong to the order Orthoptera. They are found in varied habitats and have are highly adaptable to different climatic conditions.
Listed below are some interesting facts about grasshoppers:
- There are nearly 11,000 to 18,000 species of grasshoppers found the world over.
- Their life cycle is very simple. The eggs hatch into nymphs that mature into adults.
- Grasshoppers cannot survive very cold climatic conditions and are therefore not found in the North and South poles.
- These insects love leaves. They would feed on just about any kind of plant.
- Farmers consider them as pests because they end up munching on different crops, causing widespread crop destruction.
- They are vital for balancing the ecosystem. They eat weeds and other harmful plants and are therefore a blessing in disguise.
- They have a very beautiful way of attracting the females. The males sing by rubbing their wings against each other. Others rub the wings against the pegs found on their hind legs to make a melodious tune.
- They are a rich source of proteins. A small sized grasshopper can provide 14.3 grams of proteins!
- They are eaten as a delicacy in China, Africa and Mexico.
- They have compound eyes and can therefore see multiple objects from multiple angles. This is one of the biggest weapons for grasshoppers. They can escape from humans and predators alike because of their complex vision.
- They can jump at a speed of 3 m/s, which is quite fast for an insect!
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