Grasshopper is one of the oldest living groups of insects, Evidence says that it exists from 250 million years ago. Usually, insects like grasshoppers produce sound by rubbing to attract females, But in some species, even females produce sound by rubbing. They have strong hind legs which help them to escape from predators. Generally, grasshoppers are plane eaters but when they travel in million like locusts they destroy the crops in a wide area. Locust attacks can also be seen in India especially In the states like Rajasthan. Before discussing the grasshopper scientific name let us have some basic details about a grasshopper.
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The female grasshopper is usually larger than the male grasshopper. And most of the grasshoppers are active during day time as they don’t have any nest or proper location to stay. So, they spend most of their time in the search of food. Most of the grasshoppers live independently but some of them gather in groups.
Grasshopper is of two types.
Long-Horned grasshopper - In this type of grasshopper has an antenna about the same length as the body.
Short-Horned grasshopper - They have an antenna about half-length of the body. These can be called locusts when they migrate.
Some of the basic features of the grasshopper are:
Grasshopper is commonly green, brown, or grey in colour. But some of the male grasshoppers are more colorful to attract female grasshoppers.
The weight of the grasshopper varies from species to species but an average adult grasshopper weighs about 300 milligrams.
The size of the grasshopper ranges from 1.3 centimeters to 15 centimeters.
It is used as food in some of the countries like China food market, Indonesia, Japan, and many other countries too.
One of the researchers from Washington University (St. Louis) had engineered the “cyborg grasshoppers”. To find the explosives which were proven to be 80% accurate with seven grasshoppers.
They were also used as a symbol of freedom, Independence, Spiritual, Enlightenment, etc.
Some of the basic characteristics of the grasshoppers are:
They have a basic insect body with a head, thorax, and abdomen.
Grasshoppers have a pair of compound eyes which gives them an all-around vision.
They have a pair of antennae that senses touch and smell.
They have a segmented abdomen and thorax and also rigid cuticle made of overlapping plates(Composed of chitin).
They have two pairs of wings and three pairs of legs.
In total, The Grasshopper abdomen has eleven segments.
Grasshopper belongs to the kingdom - Animalia, Phylum - Arthropoda, Class - Insecta, Order - Orthoptera, Suborder - Caelifera, Infraorder - Acrididae. Looking at this classification now, We can easily answer for the grasshopper scientific name.
The scientific name of the grasshopper changes with the change in grasshopper species.
American grasshopper – Schistocerca Americana
Horsehead grasshopper – Pseudoproscopia scabra
Desert locust – Schistocerca gregaria
Leaf grasshopper – Phyllochoreia ramakrishnai
1. Can Grasshoppers Bite?
Answer. Yes, grasshoppers of some species and when they are in groups they can bite if they feel threatened by the opponent. Grasshoppers are not poisonous but due to the strong jaws, it will be painful if they attack. So, we don’t have to worry much about them.
2. What to Do if You Were Bitten by a Grasshopper?
Answer. Check for the foreign body left in the grasshopper bite. If any, remove it gently. Then wash the area with soap and water. After some time check for the swelling and if the area is swollen place the ice pack on it. And if the bitten area is painful to take some painkillers, for example, Advil. And if they are itching apply some anti-itching cream on them. Generally, symptoms of grasshopper bite heal in a few days.
3. What Attracts the Grasshoppers?
Answer. Grasshoppers usually like to stay in the moist region and the place which has a less shaded region. Grasshoppers are more in the places where the rainfall is less, for example, Rajasthan because it favours them to reproduce and grow. And they usually live by feeding on plants and vegetables. So even, this is one of the reasons for their attraction.