by Rincon-Vitova Insectary
Most grasshoppers are general feeders, but they prefer young green plants and some annual flowers. Chewing mouthparts make large, round, smooth holes in leaves. Heavy infestations can strip plants to stalks. During major outbreaks they feed on almost any green plant, and damage may occur over a considerably longer period.
Hind legs, have greatly enlarged femurs, are well adapted for jumping.
Antennae are relatively short versus crickets and katydids, which have long antennae.
Most are winged and are good fliers, although a few species are flightless.Continue reading