Crickets & Grasshoppers
Information about Grasshoppers:
Grasshoppers are insects, and are members of the order of Orthoptera. They are closely related to crickets and locusts. Grasshoppers can walk, hop or fly, which makes them extremely adaptable to their environment and they can move as suits them. Like other insects, they have a three-part body comprised of the head, thorax and abdomen. They have six legs which are jointed, two sets of wings and a pair of antennae.
They are herbivores, eating only plants. This can result in damages to crops (though not nearly that approaching the damage inflicted by the grasshopper’s relative the locust) but only in areas receiving little annual rain (10-30 inches) There are about 11,000 species of grasshoppers that have been indentified and 548 in the United States alone (many of the species occur in the lush tropical rainforests.) Grasshoppers begin life as eggs, then after hatching they develop into nymphs and remain this way for several weeks, finally becoming full grown adults.