Life Cycle of Grasshopper - Stenocatanops splendens
Grasshoppers are insects in the order Orthoptera. Found all over the world and especially abundant in the tropics, they are similar to Crickets, Katydids and Leaf Hoppers but have shorter antennae. Grasshoppers deposit their eggs in the ground, and some even gather on roads to drill eggs into the tar. Batches of eggs, called “pods,” eventually hatch into baby Grasshoppers called “nymphs” or “hoppers,” which then undergo five stages of growth (or Instars), molting at each stage before becoming full grown adults. An adult emerges from its final molt with fully formed wings and a soft body, which hardens over the next week. Some varieties of Grasshoppers undergo a transformation, under the right conditions, into Locusts, a rapidly-breeding, often highly destructive swarming variety. Grasshoppers are eaten by many peoples in many parts of the world, though some species can be poisonous.
This series of specimens mounted in crystal-clear lucite depicts the life cycle of the grasshopper in 8 stages, from larva to adult. Captured in stunning detail, this is a great educational display or an unusual piece of science decor for a desk or shelf!
Dimensions: 6.5"W x 3"H x 1"D
Scientific Name: Stenocatanops splendens
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