|Hops plant is flowering!|
Off to search for information.
I taught my students to do research using terms such as 'grasshopper + reproduction + cycle", and adding the term: "kids." This would lead them to safe sites. There are no major sites devoted to grasshoppers, unlike some of the more popular and sexy bugs like butterflies and moths!
AnimalCorner.co.uk is pretty good, although they have ads.
They have an excellent large body diagram of the various parts of the grasshopper.
|"Back off, woman!"|
–says this compound eye!
The New World Encyclopedia had some reliable information. Remember going to these on school library shelves? Teaching kids to take notes, writing a paragraph? Flipping through those large books, getting distracted by the wealth of information, the photos of other, interesting topics. Oh, the good, old days!
Grasshoppers develop by incomplete metamorphosis, a process in which the larvae resembles the adults somewhat, as they have compound eyes, developed legs and wing stubs visible on the outside, but the juvenile forms are smaller and, assuming the adult has wings, lack wings. In this mode of development, which involves gradual change, there are three distinct stages: The egg, nymph, and the adult stage, or imago.
|An interesting exoskeleton|
|Here you can see her ovipositors|
There are related species, including katydids, crickets, locusts, etc., I think the locusts give this family a bad rap. Most are vegeterians!
Caelifera and Ensifera are the only two suborders in Orthoptera. Members of the family Tettigoniidae are commonly known as bush crickets or katydids, and are closely related to the crickets, which are also members of Ensifera, but are not included with the grasshoppers. Caelifera includes the locusts, which are the migratory members of the familyAcrididae. Members of both Caelifera and Ensifera are primarily herbivorous species, but Ensifera includes a few carnivorous species.
|katydid on the milkweed|
Grasshopper gets lucky from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
I spotted a pair of Grasshoppers mating on my railing. I couldn't believe how long they were intertwined! The raw video ran about 5 minutes, but I sped it up.