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Facts About Grasshoppers for Kids

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Grasshoppers are interesting and they are everywhere. There’s a lot more to them than you might realize. Teach your kids these fun facts about grasshoppers for kids. And learn lots more bug facts for kids here.

grasshopper on a leaf looking forward

Interesting facts about grasshoppers

  • Grasshoppers can jump a long ways to avoid a threat. Their back legs work like a catapult. Between 10 and 20 times their body length if they use their wings to help!
  • They can jump up to 8 miles per hour!
  • Grasshoppers have two antennae, four small legs, and two giant legs.
  • Grasshoppers are herbavores, they only eat plants.
  • Locusts and grasshoppers are the same thing. What most people call a locust is actually a cicada and they do not eat crops.
  • People eat grasshoppers for protein and in many places, they are considered fancy or only for rich people.
  • Some grasshoppers make noise by rubbing their back legs against their wings.
  • Female grasshoppers are larger than males.
  • They can grow up to 5 inches long.

Types of grasshoppers

  • There are 11,000 species of grasshoppers.
  • They have brown, green, or both but sometimes have a lot of bright colors too! (One is called the rainbow grasshopper)
  • They are camouflaged to match their environment. Green grasshoppers are hard to spot on green leaves and stems. Brown grasshoppers blend in with dead leaves and sticks.
  • Some have short antennae and some have long, they are called horns.
red, yellow, and green grasshopper on a stem

Do grasshoppers bite?

Grasshoppers don’t usually bite. But sometimes they may bite when swarming. Or if they feel threatened.

Grasshoppers aren’t poisonous, and their bites aren’t dangerous. They have strong jaws! It could hurt for a minute. Just wash the bite and let it heal up.

In general, grasshoppers don’t pose any danger to people, pets, or your home.

When grasshoppers are threatened, they do release defensive regurgitation, we always called it tobacco. It contains partially digested plants and digestive enzymes. It can temporarily stain your skin but isn’t dangerous to humans.

Grasshoppers have spikes on the back of their big legs. It can kick and dig these spikes into you. This isn’t dangerous either but it can hurt.

Grasshoppers are considered pests and damage crops. A swarm of grasshoppers can damage crops over a huge area. These swarms can cost millions and billions of dollars in damages.

bright green and black grasshopper

Do grasshoppers fly

Most grasshoppers have 2 pairs of wings. Their powerful back legs launch them into the air and their wings take over. They fly to escape predators or search for food. Swarms of grasshoppers (or locusts) can remain in the air for 3 days.

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