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Grasshoppers are insects that range in size from medium to massive. Depending on the species, an adult grasshopper length ranges from 0.4-2.7 in (1-7 cm). While their small size may not account for much, they do tend to have complex physiological structures. Apart from their mouthparts which they use to chew food, they also have two pairs of wings and long hind legs for jumping, much like locusts and crickets. The two pairs of wings usually consist of a pair which is narrow and the other which is wide. They differ from these classes in that their antennae are small and do not extend very far back on their bodies. They have wide eyes and are normally colored a mixture of brown, gray, or green to blend in with their surroundings. Males of certain species have brightly colored wings that they use to attract females. A few species consume poisonous plants and store the toxins in their bodies as a form of defense. They're brightly colored to alert predators to the fact that they're unpleasant to eat.

In certain parts of the world, Chinese grasshoppers are considered to be a delicacy and sought after as food. Given that they are commonly available and there is no immediate danger to their population, it seems to be acceptable at this point in time. However, it is important that we take care of the location and habitat of these grasshoppers so as to ensure they maintain a sustainable population.

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Fun Chinese Grasshopper Facts For Kids


What do they prey on?

N/A

What do they eat?

Graminivorous and herbivores

Average litter size?

4

How much do they weigh?

0.01 oz (300 mg)

How long are they?

Males: 1.5-1.9 in (4-5 cm)Females: 2.7-3.1 in (7-8 cm) ‍

How tall are they?

0.42 - 0.78 in (12 - 20 cm)


What do they look like?

Green or brown

Skin Type

Exoskeleton

What were their main threats?

Lizards, Birds, Snakes, Mice, Mantis, Beetles, And Spiders, Frogs/toads

What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them?

Grasslands, And Tropical Forests, Jungles

Locations

China, Japan, And Indonesia, South East Asia

Kingdom

Animalia

Genus

Acrida

Class

Insecta

Family

Acrididae

Chinese Grasshopper Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Chinese grasshopper?

The Chinese grasshopper is an insect in the suborder, Caelifera.

What class of animal does a Chinese grasshopper belong to?

The Chinese grasshopper belongs to the class order of Insecta, suborder Caelifera.

How many Chinese grasshoppers are there in the world?

Unfortunately, there are no verifiable records that tell the exact size of the population.

Where does a Chinese grasshopper live?

This grasshopper species prefers to be in dry open environments with lots of grass and other low plants. They are found throughout China, Japan, South East Asia and, Indonesia except in Antarctica where the temperature is cold.

What is a Chinese grasshopper's habitat?

This grasshopper of suborder Caelifera can be found in grassland, tropical forest, jungle and they sometimes invade farmer's field or agricultural lands.

Who do Chinese grasshoppers live with?

The Acrida cinerea species lives solitary and only come together to mate. They sometimes form massive swarms that damage vast swaths of agricultural land and crops.

How long does a Chinese grasshopper live?

Chinese grasshoppers have a life span of approximately 12 months or a year.

How do they reproduce?

The reproduction cycle of the Chinese grasshopper is fairly consistent. The mating season comprises the months following the seasonal change of summer to autumn. After the male grasshopper fertilizes the female counterpart, there is a gestation period where the female lays the eggs. This practice is quite unique as the female after locating a spot, deposits the eggs. On average, a female grasshopper can produce up to 300 eggs during a single season. To protect the eggs from harsh elements, they are covered with a sticky paste that protects the fragile shell.

What is their conservation status?

Chinese grasshoppers are classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are listed as being Least Concern. They are not endangered and can still be found in the grasslands of China. However, they are widely consumed as food in many countries.

Chinese Grasshopper Fun Facts

What do Chinese grasshoppers look like?

The oriental long-headed locust, or the other name Oxya chinesis, has long legs that aid in jumping and fast flight. It has colorless hind wings and is green or brown in color. It was born with long legs to be able to cover large distances. The legs of these grasshoppers do not have stridulatory organs and therefore remain silent while moving. Males are typically 1.6–2.0 in (40–50 mm) in length while females are 2.8 - 3.1 in (70–80 mm).

Since these grasshoppers' legs lack stridulatory organs, they remain silent when moving. Males are 1.6–2.0 in (4–5 cm) long, while females are 2.8–3.1 in (7–8 cm) long.

Their body is divided into head, thorax, and abdomen. They have characteristic large compound eyes on the sides of the head. Their pair of antennae can sense even the slightest of touch and smell. They have a cuticle that joins the head and thorax and it is made up of chitin. The body has forewings that help them in flight which are known as tegmina. They have three pairs of legs.

The Chinese grasshopper is an important part of our ecosystem.

How cute are they?

The Chinese grasshopper, while being considered a scrumptious delicacy in many parts of the world, is not exactly regarded as cute. However, this verdict is not absolute as some people might find these animals to be cute.

How do they communicate?

They mostly communicate in the same way as other grasshopper species do. Their antennae serve as communication devices. The antennae can detect even the tiniest touch or scent. During mating, these insects primarily communicate by sound and scent. During mating, males make a distinctive sound by rubbing their tegmina against their hind legs which attracts females.

How big is a Chinese grasshopper?

Males are typically around 1.6–2.0 in (4–5 cm) length while females are 2.7–3.1 in (7–8 cm).

How fast can a Chinese grasshopper move?

Their motions resemble those of a locust. The body is extremely light, allowing them to fly and move quickly. Their three sets of legs help them get around most of the time. They can hop a long distance thanks to their muscles. Their average flight speed is 8 mph (12.8 kph). Aside from that, they have a unique form of movement called side to side leaning.

How much does a Chinese grasshopper weigh?

This kind of insect is very light when it comes to weight. They only weigh about 0.01 oz (300 mg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

Unfortunately, there is no difference in identifying male from female grasshoppers recorded yet. They are simply the same. However, a nymph that resembles adult grasshoppers are called molts.

What would you call a baby Chinese grasshopper?

Baby Chinese grasshoppers are called nymphs.

What do they eat?

Although most grasshoppers consume plants, some long-horned grasshoppers will also eat dead animals or capture and eat other insects such as locusts. Since they are graminivorous, they feed on grass or seeds of grass. They are also herbivores and they eat plants, leaves, and also flowers. Chinese grasshopper food also includes sorghum, wheat, and rice. Cereals are mainly their food of choice which explains why they invade agricultural lands and destroy crops. They also feed on rice, cotton, weed, sweet potato, sugar cane, and Chinese cabbage.

Are they poisonous?

Grasshopper bites are not toxic and they are not harmful to humans. They do, however, have powerful jaws! It may be excruciatingly uncomfortable for a short time. They do cause damage to crops and agricultural lands.

Would they make a good pet?

As mentioned, Chinese grasshoppers are not attractive to humans' eyes so they won't make a good pet at all.

Did you know...

They may be light and little but grasshoppers are an important source of protein. In many parts of Africa, Asia, and the Americas, locusts, and grasshoppers are a common dietary feature. The adult insect contain mostly crude protein (CP) 23 oz (654.2 g kg1), fat 2.9 oz (83.0 g kg1), and chitin 3.1 oz (87.3 g kg1).

Grasshoppers are ancient insects. While they may not look the part, these nifty species can be traced back to have descended from creatures who inhabited the earth long before the Jurassic era. If the fossil records are anything to go by, the first grasshoppers walked on the planet more than 300 million years ago.

What is special about grasshoppers?

They can jump up to 30 in (76.2 cm).

They have two antennae, four minor legs and two major legs, a total of three pairs of legs.

Grasshoppers can fly at least 920 ft (280 m) in the air. Swarms of locusts (migratory grasshoppers) are often seen at night at altitudes of over (3280 ft) 1000 m.

As a form of defense mechanism, grasshoppers have been known to spit a brown liquid. This liquid usually wards off potential predators and therefore help these insects protect themselves.

Why do grasshoppers move side to side?

They move side to side because that is their defense mechanism when they can detect danger or risk.  The legs of a grasshopper are used as a catapult. It can both hop and run, achieving a top speed of 8 mph (12.9 kph). Leaf sway refers to the grasshopper's side-to-side leaning motion. When Chinese grasshoppers detect risk, they use this form of camouflage. This movement gives them the appearance of a twig or a leaf moving through the grass.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other insects including camel cricket, and tiger beetle.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Chinese grasshopper coloring pages.

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