Grasshopper insect<<<< Back to insects
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Orthoptera
- Family: Caelifera
- Conservation status: Least concern
- Areal: Worldwide
- Habitat: Fields and meadows
- Diet: Herbivore
- Size: 38-50mm (1.5-2in)
- Colors: Brown, Yellow, Green
- Prey: Grass, Weeds, Shrubs
- Predators: Birds, Rodents, Reptiles, Insects
- Lifespan: 1 years
- Reproduction: about 2 - 4 eggs
- Special Features: Long, thin antenna and the ability to jump
Recent estimates indicate approximately 11,000 valid species described to date. There are many species, especially in rainforest.
Traveling locusts, prevailing winds carried the can fly non-stop 2000 km with a speed of 40 km / h, which offers an area of considerable devastation. No other insect is so resistant.
Locusts prefer to eat grasses, leaves and grains. Some will tend to eat a single type of plant, while others will eat a variety of sources throughout the day. Only one of the 8,000 species of locusts will eat only a single plant species.
Grasshopper hunt crickets at night and sleeping. Among locusts there are some species that are devoured. Insensitive to pain, they begin by eating his front legs, and the back of the body. This does not make it due to lack of food.
In some countries, grasshoppers are eaten as a good source of protein. In Mexico, for example, they are appreciated for their high content of protein, minerals and vitamins. They are usually collected at dusk, using lamps or electric lighting or nets.
Sometimes they are left in water for 24 hours, after which they can be eaten raw or cooked sun dried, fried, flavored with spices such as garlic, onion, chili, and added to soup or as a garnish for different foods. Markets are found in abundance in central Mexico.
In some African countries, grasshoppers are an important food source, as with other insects provide protein and grssimi daily diet, especially in times of food crisis. They are often used in soup. Locusts eaten in Uganda and surrounding areas are called nsenene, but they are actually crickets Bush.
To be consumed carefully because it may contain tapeworm.
Sense organs are on the outside of the body and consist of tiny hairs which are each specially calibrated to respond to a particular stimulus.
Locusts have also tambourines for sound reception. They mouthparts type masticatory and development heterometabola. Possess organs eardrum and a device stridulator males.
Eardrums are placed on the sides of the first abdominal segment and stridulator body is formed by a prominent longitudinal ribs and femurs tegmine on hind legs that are driven as a bow rib.
Reproductive system consists of gonade.In locusts during breeding male sperm enter the female's eggs by some Calan very thin and fine.
Hen eggs hatching and then submit them to 10-15 cm into the ground, they can be deposited on or in stable plant roots, for example.
Eggs packed thin look like grains of rice. They stay there over the winter until spring when the temperature will be warm enough. In temperate climates spend their lives in many locust egg, males living only three months.
First nymph emerging from egg hoe to make their way to the surface and will use that road restu ready-dug.
Did you know that:
Grasshopper is one of the most greedy insects, devouring a daily amount of food equal weight
are animals protected by law in some countries from Europe
A ton of locusts consumed the same amount of food as 10 elephants, 25 camels or 2500 people.
A grasshopper can jump 20 times their body length.