Grasshopper Definition and Facts

Grasshopper Spirit- (Perseverance) When the grasshopper bounces on the trail, look out! Grasshoppers will always inspire you with every leap of faith. They always aim high and will lead the way when others are afraid to go. With speed of stride and a heart for discovery and adventure, you assured of an adventure on the trail. With the grasshopper by your side be prepared for amazing and fantastic results.

Grasshopper Facts: Grasshoppers have the typical insect body plan of head, thorax and abdomen. The head is held vertically at an angle to the body, with the mouth at the bottom. The head bears a large pair of compound eyes which give all-round vision, three simple eyes which can detect light and dark, and a pair of thread-like antennae that are sensitive to touch and smell. The downward-directed mouth parts are modified for chewing and there are two sensory palps in front of the jaws. The thorax and abdomen are segmented and have a rigid cuticle made up of overlapping plates composed of chitin. The three fused thoracic segments bear three pairs of legs and two pairs of wings. The fore wings, known as tegmina, are narrow and leathery while the hind wings are large and membranous, the veins providing strength. The legs are terminated by claws for gripping. The hind leg is particularly powerful; the femur is robust and has several ridges where different surfaces join and the inner ridges bear stridulatory pegs in some species. The posterior edge of the tibia bears a double row of spines and there are a pair of articulated spurs near its lower end. The interior of the thorax houses the muscles that control the wings and legs. These unassuming power houses are a force to reckoned with.


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