Grasshoppers Galore!

Thursday, April 28th 2011

The Common Field Grasshopper lives on a diet of grass.  As the colder weather arrives in October the adults die, leaving their egg pods in the soil to overwinter and hatch in May.  Today there had been a hatch of tiny grasshoppers about 6 to 8mm in length.  Their wings do not develop until their last moult, but they still have powerful legs and could jump several inches from one place to another.

This photograph was taken this morning. After a day in the sun the little nymphs were jumping in all directions and photographing them was not possible!!

Grasshopper nymph

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