How do grasshoppers sing?



  • Grasshoppers belongs to the kingdom Animalia phylum Arthropoda and suborder Caelifera.
  • Grasshoppers are estimated to be the earliest chewing herbivorous insects present from the Triassic period about 250 million years ago.
  • Most grasshoppers are polyphagous in nature. Polyphagous stands for the diet of any species that is able to eat variety of foods. For a grasshopper it means they can eat food from multiple plants for their survival.
  • Some species of grasshoppers are found to be as a type of omnivorous animals. Omnivorous stands for the ability of a species to eat both plants and animals. For grasshoppers, they can survive on both the plants or even on the animal tissue and animal feces.
  • Grasshoppers are found to be a ground dwelling insect along with a powerful hind leg, which can help to leap at times to escape from a predator.
  • Grasshoppers are known to have a proper insect body plan with head, thorax and abdomen.

How do grasshoppers sing?

  • Grasshoppers are known to produce a kind of sound mostly done by male grasshopper to attract female grasshoppers.
  • The sound produced by them is known as stridulation.
  • This sound is produced by rubbing the row of pegs on the hind legs against the ends of forewings.
  • Occasionally or sometimes, female can also be heard stridulating. However, this thing is male dominated in a grasshopper.
  • The sound produced by the male grasshopper can be proved as a way of communication between different grasshopper. It can change its tune on the basis of its use for attracting the female.

Fun Facts:

  1. Grasshoppers are known to have their ears on their belly area. However, their sense of hearing very low.
  2. Grasshoppers can not actually fly, however their jump is so long that it can make us believe that they can fly.
  3. Grasshoppers are known as extremely light weighted. They weight less or equal to 1 gram.

Related Questions:

  1. What is the habitat of a grasshopper?
  2. Who all are the predator of a grasshopper?
  3. Explain the difference between grasshopper and crickets.

True or False:

  1. Grasshoppers are known to be the earliest chewing herbivore insect.
  2. Grasshoppers are known to in existence from about 250 million years ago.
  3. Grasshoppers can only eat a same type of food.
  4. Grasshoppers sing to attract predators.
  5. Grasshopper consist of only female members.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Grasshoppers are known to be ________ in nature.
    1. Polyphagous.
    2. Omnivorous.
    3. Herbivorous.
    4. All of the above.
  2. Grasshoppers are known to have a powerful ________.
    1. Hind limb.
    2. All limbs.
    3. Anterior limb.
    4. All of the above.
  3. The sound produced by the grasshopper is known as ________.
    1. Stridulation.
    2. Stipulation.
    3. Communication.
    4. All of the above.
  4. Stridulation is mostly produced by _________.
    1. Male grasshopper.
    2. Female grasshopper.
    3. None of them.
    4. All of the above.
  5. Grasshoppers can eat ______.
    1. Plants.
    2. Animal tissue.
    3. Animal feces.
    4. All of the above.

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