Grasshoppers

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Clear Winged Grasshopper

Clear Winged Grasshopper, Vancouver Island, BCThe clear-winged grasshopper usually inhabits meadows at over 2,000 feet in elevation. There is usually one generation a year. After mating in late summer, the females lay eggs in the ground in masses with a gummy coating that hardens and binds them together. The coating protects the eggs from cold during the winter. Read More….

 

 

Pallid Winged Grasshopper

Pallid Winged Grasshopper, Vancouver Island, BCThe pallid winged grasshopper is hard to spot when resting, but when disturbed, they take flight with a clicking sound showing their back wings. After landing, the back wings are folded under the front wings and they disappear back into the environment. Read More….

 

 

Spur Throated Grasshopper

Spur Throated Grasshopper, Vancouver Island, BCThe Spur Throated Grasshopper is part of the family called the short horns, they are the most common species of all the grasshoppers of the pacific northwest. These grasshoppers can be a brown color with additional colors of green, yellow and orange. Read More….

 

 

Clear Winged Grasshopper, Vancouver Island, BC
Clear Winged Grasshopper, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

Grasshoppers belong to a large and diverse order of insects. Some are among the largest living insects, with bodies about 12 cm long and wingspans almost twice as great.

They have biting and chewing mouthparts and oversize hind legs that are modified for jumping. Most have a general ability, especially in males, to make loud noises when jumping or gliding. The order also has the ability to make sounds that are used for communication. These sounds are often the most important characteristics for separating closely related species. Creating sound is done by striking the abdomen with a ridge on the inside of the hind femur and others can make a snapping noise with their hind wings in flight.

Although most are not particularly strong fliers, wings are usually functional but sometimes they are absent. When fully developed, the forewings, which are not used for flying, are usually leathery and narrower than the broad hind wings.

Females normally lay eggs on the ground in pods held together by a foamy secretion. Development is gradual and the nymphs resemble the adults from birth, just smaller. Most feed on plants, but some are omnivorous and a few are carnivorous. Grasshoppers are particularly active in warm weather and sunshine. They do well in temperate climates.

 

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