- Grasshoppers are typically ground-dwelling insects with powerful hind legs, which enable them to escape from threats by leaping vigorously
- The grasshopper has six legs. They have two pairs of wings. The back wings are larger while the front wings are small
- The head bears a large pair of compound eyes, which give all-round vision, and a pair of threadlike antennae that are sensitive to touch and smell. The legs are terminated by claws for gripping.
- They range in colour from green to olive or brown and may have yellow or red markings.
- Most grasshoppers are herbivorous. Grasshoppers eat plants, primarily leaves, grasses, and cereal crops
- A large grasshopper, such as a locust, can leap 20 times as far as their body length without using its wings.
- Locusts are the swarming phase of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae. Swarming behaviour is a response to overcrowding
- In certain parts of the world, grasshoppers are eaten as food. They are often dried, jellied, roasted and dipped in honey or ground into a meal
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