Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fun with Nature, #21



"Melanoplus bivittatus"

Like a mad woman I tippytoed along this grasshopper's trail, following him in the hope of capturing a photo AND I got it! By George!

Another fun invertebrate for children to capture and examine in their bug bottles, these are plentiful in late summer and early fall.

Fun facts about grasshoppers;

  • Grasshopper is the common name for straight winged insects.
  • They undergo a simple metamorphosis, lay eggs called nymphs which molt themselves many times before they become adults.
  • Grasshoppers actually eat grass of all kinds. They eat plants in the spring and tree leaves.
  • Grasshoppers prefer to live in fields, meadows and forest edges (they like our property!)
  • Some grasshoppers just hop or jump, others can actually fly. Front legs are used for holding prey, hind legs used for jumping or hopping.
  • Predators include birds, rodents, reptiles, spiders and some flies eat grasshopper eggs.
  • There are upwards of 10,000 types of grasshoppers.
  • They make noise by rubbing their back legs together.
  • There are positively fun to catch in a bug bottle for observing.

Invertebrates, otherwise also known as Insects and BUGS!

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