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.ca, lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg

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

KTPH, a garden hospital [2]

ABC = Always Bring Camera. Most of the time you see me with my camera ‘pack’, today [20120315] is no difference.

Sharing 2 photos of tiny creatures I took this morning at the KTPH’s garden courtyard.

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A Red ant on a tasty red inflorescence of Costus woodsonii or Red Button Ginger.

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1 cm Lime green grasshopper nymph resting on a withered common arrowhead flower [Sagittaria latifolia].

Note:
I was at the Day Surgery Centre, KTPH, accompanying my husband for his cataract surgery. The 45 mintues procedure went well.