Grasshopper Facts



  • Grasshoppers are plant-eating insects related to crickets, locusts and katydids.
  • Grasshoppers belong to two main families — short-horned, which includes locusts, and long-horned, which includes katydids and crickets.
  • Short-horned grasshoppers have ears on the side of their body. Long-horned grasshoppers have ears in their knees.
  • Grasshoppers have powerful back legs, which allow them to jump huge distances.
  • Some grasshoppers can leap more than 3 m.
  • Grasshoppers sing by rubbing their hind legs across their closed forewings.
  • A grasshopper’s singing is called stridulation.
  • Crickets chirrup faster the warmer it is.
  • If you count the number of chirrups a snowy tree cricket gives in 15 seconds, then add 40, you get the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.
  • A frightened lubber grasshopper oozes a horrible-smelling froth from its mouth.