Caelifera: Grasshopper

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The grasshopper is an insect of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish it from bush crickets or katydids, it is sometimes referred to as the short-horned grasshopper.

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Recent estimates indicate some 2,400 valid Caeliferan genera and about 11,000 valid species described to date. Many undescribed species exist, especially in tropical wet forests.

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Grasshoppers prefer to eat grasses, leaves and cereal crops. The majority of grasshoppers are polyphagous. Many will eat from multiple host plants in one day, while some prefer to rely on the same host plant.

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This is a strange looking grasshopper, even more with fewer limbs. He is resting on a banana leaf.

Photos: DFNP, Singapore 2012.

Source: Wikipedia

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