As you can see above, the grasshopper is green and is on a green leaf with other green leaves around it. He is camouflaged. This was taken at a local botanical garden. I had just purchased a macro lens for my camera and was happy to see this guy. We watched each other. This photo got me interested in grasshoppers.
Grasshoppers are the color of the world around them so that they can hide. Of course this is not always true as they fly and or jump around. They can fly 8 mph.
The ears of a grasshopper is just under the wing. To make noise, they rub their back legs together. They grow to about 2 inches and their diet consists of plants, leaves, grass and crops. Because they enjoy crops so much, farmers find them a true pest as they can wipe out a crop.
They have 6 legs and 2 sets of wings just like butterflies. Their hind legs are so strong that they push off on them to jump or fly away.
Did you know they can see all the way around themselves? They have compound eyes with a total of 5 eyes! Where are they? The first two are in front, the next two are at the bottom of each antennae, and the last one is in center of the antennaes.
In the top photo you can see the mouth of the grasshopper. They have two jawbones so they can bite down and move across the mouth when eating.
Grasshoppers are protein for many people in the world. They are eaten in African, Asia, Center and South America.Native Americans also enjoyed them as their protein source. They are found worldwide except for Antarctica.
Do you like to sing? Male grasshoppers do as it gets the females' attention.
Grasshoppers are all around us. When you go out for a walk, keep your eyes open for these amazing creatures. I go out frequently and have never experienced one land on me. I'm not a plant.
We all have birds, flowers, and even trees for the month we were born.
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