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Learning more about grasshoppers, with the use of microscopes, is an enjoyable way to pass the time. Children can make their own scientific projects, involving grasshoppers, right in their own backyard. Portable field microscopes are handy scientific tools to have. This type of microscope can be used by children and adults alike.

Grasshoppers thrive on grassy fields. If your house has a grassy backyard, grasshoppers may live there. It is fun to chase and catch grasshoppers. Stealth and patience is needed in catching these quick-jumping insects. Children would enjoy the activity.

Grasshoppers belong to Order Orthoptera, Class Insecta, Phylum Arthropoda. They are usually colored brown and may have some darker markings. They possess two pairs of wings. Their forewings are relatively hard and narrow while their hind wings are membranous and large. They use their big hind legs to jump very high. The grasshopper's antennae, when measured using portable field microscopes, are not very long, usually twenty to twenty-four segments long. Records show that the longest grasshopper is about eleven centimeters long.

Their eyes are prominent in their head. Grasshoppers have five eyes. They possess unjointed pair of appendages at the end of their abdomen called cerci. Grasshoppers do not have ears. An organ called a tympanum helps them hear. Grasshoppers usually have two wing pairs. A microscope can be helpful in viewing these structures.

Grasshoppers go through incomplete metamorphosis. When the female grasshopper lays eggs, a paste-like liquid will be covering the eggs to protect them during winter time. Grasshopper nymphs can grow for about forty to sixty days before becoming adults.

Two types of grasshoppers exist: the short-horned and long-horned grasshoppers. The length of their antennae or feelers (which are also called horns) are what separates the two types. Short-horned grasshoppers are better known as locusts.

Adult Male and Female Grasshoppers

Young grasshoppers do not have wings. When they reach a later stage, the end of their thorax will contain wings that are visible as small pads. But how do adult male and female grasshoppers differ from each other? One difference can be found at the end of their abdomen. With the use of portable field microscopes, it was revealed that adult male grasshoppers contain a single unpaired plate at the end of their abdomen while adult female grasshoppers have two pairs of valves that are triangular in shape. The female grasshoppers use these two pairs of valves to dig in sand when laying eggs.

Enemies of grasshoppers include beetles, birds, mice, snakes, and spiders. The greatest enemies of grasshoppers are the various kinds of flies laying their eggs near the grasshopper's eggs. This is because when the fly's eggs hatches, they will consume the grasshopper's eggs. Another dangerous enemy of the grasshopper is, believe it or not, the shoe! Imagine a grasshopper's situation after being stepped on by one!

Grasshoppers are very adept in escaping from their enemies. They do this by or hiding among leaves or the grass or jumping up and flying away. Have you ever tried catching grasshoppers in a field? If you do, then you'll know what I'm talking about. A brown liquid which is known by most kids and adults as "tobacco juice" is being spit by a grasshopper after it has been picked up. It was discovered, with the use of a microscope, that this liquid is a defense mechanism for the grasshoppers against other insects such as ants.

Grasshoppers can be found anywhere in the world. They commonly live in meadows, fields and just about anywhere as long as they can find liberal amounts of leaves for consumption. Grasshoppers are herbivores. Some grasshopper types are picky leaf eaters, they only eat a specific plant. Other grasshoppers will consume any type of plant they can find. Grasshoppers can destroy entire crops of clover, alfalfa, corn, cotton, and other grains. These cause millions of dollars in crop damages every year.

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