Xenocatantops humilis: Short-horned Grasshopper

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^ Mature Xenocatantops humilis

Life Cycle

A newly hatched grasshopper, known as a nymph, has no wings and thus cannot fly. It needs to go through about five stages before becoming a fully mature adult with wings and all. Each stage, known as a moult, involves shedding its exoskeleton and replacing it with a new one. This is necessary as the exoskeleton cannot expand as the body increases in size with each stage of growth.

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Found throughout Singapore and its offshore islands.

Photos: Pasir Ris Park and Nature Reserve, Singapore [20160306]

Source: iNaturalist.calkcnhm.nus.edu.sg

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