The Ultimate Grasshopper Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Grasshoppers are an interesting and complex insect that are also referred to in the Bible. Farmers are terrified of losing their crops to a swarm of a type of grasshopper called a locust. Kids love to catch these hoppy critters and to save them in a bottle. Learn more about the grasshopper by taking our quiz.

How many types of grasshoppers are there?

There are two types of grasshoppers: long-horned and short-horned. Long-horned grasshoppers have antennae about the same length as their body and short-horned grasshoppers have antennae about half the length of their bodies.


Is a locust actually a grasshopper or something different?

Short-horned grasshoppers are often called locusts, particularly when they migrate. A migration of thousands of short-horned grasshoppers is often called a swarm.


What is the length range of an adult grasshopper?

Grasshoppers range in length from one-half inch (1.3 cm) to more than six inches (15 cm) in some tropical species. Grasshoppers are generally colored green, brown, or gray.


How many different kinds of insects are there in the world?

There are more than a million documented kinds of insects in the world and grasshoppers belong to a group of insects called orthoptera. Katydids and crickets also belong to this group of insects.


How far can an inch-long grasshopper jump?

A grasshopper about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) long can leap 20 inches (50.8 centimeters). If a person 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall could jump that well, he or she could leap from one end of a basketball court to the other.


What environment is void of grasshoppers?

Grasshoppers are similar to mosquitoes in that they can be found almost anywhere. They live in forests, grasslands, and deserts and on mountains, but they cannot live in the North or South Poles.


Why is it that grasshoppers cannot survive in the North or South poles?

Grasshoppers are cold-blooded; the temperature of their bodies changes with the temperature of the air. If it’s too cold outside, the grasshopper would freeze solid; which is why grasshoppers jump the most in the middle of a hot afternoon.


How many eyes does a grasshopper have?

A grasshopper has two compound eyes, three simple eyes, and a pair of antennae. The antennae of short-horned grasshoppers point forward; those of long-horned grasshoppers generally curve backward over the body.


How far can a six-inch long grasshopper jump?

Attached to the thorax of a grasshopper are three pairs of legs. The hind legs are quite long and have thick, strongly muscled thighs that enable the grasshopper to jump a distance of roughly 20 times its own length.


Where are a long-horned grasshoppers' hearing organs located?

The hearing organs of a long-horned grasshopper are located on its front legs, just below the knee. However, those of a short-horned grasshopper are on the forward part of the abdomen, under the wings.


How do short-horned grasshoppers create their sounds and songs?

Short-horned grasshoppers sing by rubbing their hind legs against their front wings or by rubbing their wings together. Long-horned grasshoppers, on the other hand, produce sounds only by rubbing their front wings together.


With five eyes, how do grasshoppers see?

A grasshopper uses its multi-lens compound eyes to see. Scientists are not sure how a grasshopper makes use of its smaller eyes.


Since grasshoppers do not have noses, how do grasshoppers smell?

A grasshopper’s antennae are thin and very sensitive. In addition to using them to feel, they also smell with their antennae.


What is the purpose of grasshoppers’ wings in addition to singing?

Many grasshoppers use their back wings to fly, although not all grasshoppers can fly. Wings on grasshoppers that do not fly do not appear to have any other function.


How does a grasshopper breathe?

Grasshoppers do not have lungs, but instead they have tiny holes, called spiracles, in their thoraxes and abdomens. A grasshopper has 10 pairs of spiracles, whereby air enters through the front holes and leaves the body through the back holes.


What do some long-horned grasshoppers eat?

Most long-horned grasshoppers eat plants; however, some eat the remains of dead animals or other insects. Short-horned grasshoppers, though, feed only on plants.


Which sex of the grasshopper does all the singing?

Male grasshoppers do all the singing and the females rarely make any sounds. Males sing mostly to attract females, but they also make alarm calls and warning sounds.


Where do short-horned grasshopper lay their eggs?

Short-horned grasshoppers deposit their eggs, in clusters of 15 to 100 or more, underground and cover the clusters with a fluid that hardens to form a protective cover. However, long-horned grasshoppers deposit their eggs in the soft tissue of plants or on tree branches.


What is a distinctive feature of the grasshopper nymph that hatches from an egg?

A nymph has a hard exoskeleton that cannot grow, so it must shed several exoskeletons as it grows. The nymph also has a voracious appetite that is even greater than an adult grasshopper; they devour everything around as they grow.


Which type of grasshopper swarms, migrates, devours crops and is often called a locust?

Short-horned grasshoppers swarm, migrate, devour crops and are often called locust. A swarms can include billions of grasshoppers traveling 25 to 50 miles a day, blocking out the sun, eating everything in its path and creating a hazard to navigation.


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