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There are 10,000 different species of grasshopper throughout the world. Often confused with their close relatives, the crickets, grasshoppers can be identified by their thick antennae which are always shorter than their bodies.
Grasshoppers are found throughout the vegetated areas of the world. But they are not restricted to grasslands as their name would suggest. Some grasshopper species live in desert habitats, but the most attractive and brightly colored species are found in tropical rainforests.
Grasshoppers feed on the leaves and flowers of plants. They chew them with their powerful jaws, called mandibles, which move side-to-side. A relatively few species feed mainly or solely on grass, but most grasshoppers feed on an enormous variety of herbs, shrubs, and trees. Some even feed on dung.
Did you know?
- The song of every species of grasshopper is different, and females can recognize the sound of males of their own species. It is also possible for people to identify different species in this way.
- Some species of grasshopper can cover up to twenty times their body length in a single leap.
- Grasshoppers are commonly eaten in African, Central and South American countries, the insect is a very good source of protein.