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Military personnel instructed to collect grasshoppers?[edit]

I removed this statement, which is unsourced and unspecific: "Some countries supposedly instruct military personnel to collect grasshoppers to eat as a food source." - anyone got a reference/source for that? Varchoel 07:39, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

From PNA/Biology[edit]

  • Caelifera—the insect suborder of grasshoppers, which at present redirects there. For such a notable animal group, the article is in pretty sad shape. Postdlf 08:22, 23 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Juvenile Lubber Grasshoppers?[edit]

Juvenile Lubber Grasshoppers?

I took this pic in Panama. Someone suggested they're Juvenile Lubber Grasshoppers. Sounds likely considering this is what an adult looks like. Does anyone know for sure? DirkvdM 07:45, 30 September 2005 (UTC)

i like tis picture

More Info[edit]

I think it would be a good idea to expand all of the anatomy-related sections, because there were a lot of organs mentioned whose functions were not presented. My main reason for saying this is that grasshoppers are often dissected in biology classes, and all easier-to-reach info is a good thing. :) —anonymous

Lacking important information![edit]

Like the cricket article, this one lacks important information. What do grasshopers eat? If there are different diets, at least mention *some* of them. And why aren't the legs used for jumping mentioned? Any kid will tell you that the most notable trait of a grasshoper is that they *hop*! 04:05, 1 July 2006 (UTC)

And what is their average lifespan? What is the brownish secretion, expelled from their mouths when they are picked up? Dr. Dan 14:23, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

I opened this article to find out about the lifespan of grasshoppers. Still no info on that. Do they die, hibernate or what? Carmaskid (talk) 16:52, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Another photo[edit]

DirkvdM cricket-1.jpg

Another photo of which I don't know what it is. I named it a cricket, but now assume it's a grasshopper because of the short antennae. Other than that I'm stuck. If you know more, could yo add that info to the photo's page? Thanks. DirkvdM 18:37, 31 August 2006 (UTC)

A question[edit]

Why was my extremely clear and excellent photo replaced with a drawn illustration? It is clearer, sharper, and more detailed than any of the othe r pictures in the gallery. It's really no big deal, I'm just wondering.

PiccoloNamek 00:51, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

question taxonomic photo ID[edit]

This is regarding the photo: Image:Orthoptera vdg.jpg|Grasshopper in The Netherlands


While I am very impressed with this photo -high quality image, etc. I am slightly skeptical of whether or not it is actually a grasshopper (family acrididae). The antennae seem a little long, the tarsi count appear to be 4-segmented and not three. I could not discern whether there was an inconspicuous tympanum or not on the front tibia. That would have cinched it for me. Anyway, maybe it is a grasshopper. Just curious --Moscow999 03:18, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

A new Photo:

Here is a recent photo I took of a grasshopper in my yard in Northeast Ohio (North Ridgeville)

Grasshopper Image

Page's main image[edit]

I have reverted the page's main image to my own because this grasshopper is the most commonly found, especially in America (where many English Wikipedia users reside). Thus, it is better for identification of what the average person thinks of when they think "grasshopper." Additionally, the other images proposed have not been of any better quality or detail than mine, so I see no reason to change it. Before changing my image, please respond to this, and let's come to consensus.
Steevven1 (Talk) (Contributions) 02:38, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Of the two images (below), 1 is a much better photograph. It is better exposed and the composition is superior. They both (purport to) show the same species, so the arguments about it being a more appropriate species fail. I'm sorry, but of the two, I (and evidently others as well) would go for 1 every time. --Stemonitis 12:54, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
Both are of far lower quality of the (now) FP which was for a while the main image. Reverted back to that image as it is far higher quality. The fact that your image is "most commonly found, especially in America" doesn't mean anything and should bear no relevance as to wether it should be used for the main image. I would think a less common image would be more remarkable. --Fir0002 10:39, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Fir you reverted it back to your own, he has a point the most common grasshopper would be best but only if the image is good. Gaogier How can I help? 00:18, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

correction on grasshoppers as a source of food[edit]

it says koreans enjoy them as a side dish. it is not true. Koreans "do" eat them, but they don;t eat them as side dish. also it is extremely difficult to find grasshoppers nowadays. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 02:56, 21 February 2007 (UTC).
Some of Indonesians (natives who live in the woods, especially in Java) eat them fried. Some eat them as side dish, and some eat them as main source of protein. I don't really understand about this part, I'll look for more info on this. K-lenx 14:31, 10 June 2007 (UTC)


Now I'm not quite sure if there is an alternate definition of rape, but I believe that the last sentence of the first paragraph under Characteristics should be removed, it reads: "Some species have been known to rape people." I'd do it myself if I was a little more confident in my own judgement. EDIT: After investigating the last update made to the wiki it was made to characteristics with an IP that has been associated with vandalism. I have chosen to remove this line, sorry if it upsets anybody, I'm not the most experienced wiki user.
Redian 00:14, 23 March 2007 (UTC)


File:Grasshopper anatomy.jpg
Simplified grasshopper anatomy
Grasshopper's mouth structure

I've made two pics from personal experience on examining a dead grasshopper (school project). It was a species of grasshopper that is commonly found in Indonesia, so the form might be slighly different from american grasshopper, but I think I've drawn the important parts. The captions were based on what I got from school, so please correct me if I'm mistaken. If these pics are fine, please put them on the page, or I'll put it next week if there's no correction - K-lenx 24 May 2007
I've put them on the page, hope it helps --K-lenx 15:14, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

I think the picture is fine, except that the colors for the mandible and the labrum are swapped in the frontal and bottom view. I first thought it was intentionally, but then I couldn't seem to find any purpose. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:21, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Suspect change needs verification[edit]

An anonymous user at recently changed the text "[...] about 11,000 valid species described to date" to "[...] about 18,000 valid species described to date". I find this change a little suspect since it was made by an anonymous user without any references being made to allow the fact to be verified. Perhaps it's true and perhaps it isn't. I'm clueless about such things, so I wouldn't even know how to begin going about verifying the validity of this change. But I think the change should be scrutinized.

BTW, why is the rate of vandalism on this page so high?

--Pomakis 16:10, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

Quick request[edit]

Does anyone have locust disection diagram or guide to or similar? Ive googled it quite a bit but I cant really find anything. Thanks

CaptinJohn 21:48, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

no reason exactly[edit]

this is interesting —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mydachshunds2 (talkcontribs) 21:48, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

SEM Photo[edit]

The SEM photo of spiracle is from a cricket (not grasshopper) per the photo's uploader. I corrected the caption for this photo where it also appears on Scanning_electron_microscope. My question for the experts is whether this photo of a cricket's spiracle is appropriate for this page. Should this be identified as being from a cricket? If the spiracles of a grasshopper are similar to a cricket's, then I think it's okay to leave it as long as it is properly identified. If they're not similar, perhaps someone can substitute a better image.--CheMechanical 06:27, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

White space in Biology section[edit]

It's probably being caused by the taxobox (or whatever it's called). Anyone know a way it could be fixed? -Gawaxay (talk contribs count) 14:04, 25 October 2007 (UTC)


Wikipedia requires pages to use a standardized version of English for each article. The spelling for this article is all over the place, as this long-standing introduction sentence illustrates:

Species that change color and behaviour at high population densities are called locusts.

Although this is a compromising sentence, it does look a bit weird having an -our and -or ending in the same sentence, and goes against the Manual of Style. If you read on a bit further, you find, within two sentences:

There is also a neuropile in the centre, through which all ganglia channel signals. The sense organs (sensory neurons) are found near the exterior of the body and consist of tiny hairs (sensilla), which consist of one sense cell and one nerve fiber, which are each specially calibrated to respond to a certain stimulus.

Here we see -re conflicting with -er.

It could be argued that the article should use Commonwealth spelling, as the creator of the article is an Australian; but it could also be argued that the first divisive spelling introduced — on the seventh edit — was American hemolymph (as opposed to haemolymph).

Personally I would be in favour of using Oxford spelling, as it is often seen as a compromise, is the international form of English spelling (used by the United Nations etc.), and because of the simple fact that grasshoppers are an international subject.

Swedish fusilier (talk) 14:01, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

I have standardized the spelling to Oxford spelling now. Swedish fusilier (talk) 11:09, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Disruptively large taxobox[edit]

Temporal range: Phanerozoic (Permian-Triassic, 250mya) to Recent
Young grasshopper on grass stalk02.jpg
Immature Grasshopper
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera

Superfamily: Tridactyloidea

Superfamily: Tetrigoidea

Superfamily: Eumastacoidea

Superfamily: Pneumoroidea

Superfamily: Pyrgomorphoidea

Superfamily: Acridoidea

Superfamily: Tanaoceroidea

Superfamily: Trigonopterygoidea

I'm trimming all the families out of the taxobox, which is disruptively large and ruins the formatting for all the images. Here is the full taxobox, including the families, for reference.--ragesoss (talk) 02:06, 11 May 2008 (UTC)


Grasshoppers usually come out of their eggs in spring or late summer. They can be many different sizes and colors. Grasshoppers from Costa Rica can be very large. Grasshoppers mainly eat grass or some grasshoppers eat other bugs. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:36, 13 June 2008 (UTC)


grasshoppers are exelent jumpers. they eat grass or somtimes other bugs.they are incects.grasshoppers can be green or somtimes brown.they can be lots of dirent sizes.costarican grasshoppers are the size of a bannana.there can be many at a time and can often damage fields.grasshoppers lay eggs they do not give live birth. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:51, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

(Not really a) grasshopper in Kona[edit]

I am almost certain that the photo titled "Grasshopper in Kona" shows a katydid, not a grasshopper. Rulatir (talk) 15:26, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

I agree. I'll remove the image. Evlshout (talk) 01:59, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

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Though on its own, the section on nsenene is interesting, unfortunately, this is not a grasshopper but a katydid. My first impulse was to suggest moving it to Tettigoniidae, but this article is not yet well developed. With a bit of extra work, "Nsenene" could become an article of its own. Dogo (talk) 22:17, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Okay, since nobody else has done so, I have now written the article on nsenene and removed the relevant section from this article. Dogo (talk) 23:44, 10 August 2009 (UTC)


Aside from being ungrammatical, this sentence:

The chemical reactions throughout their nervous system slowly destroys itself when in contact with Columbian bananas[citation needed].

...has nothing to do with the paragraph in which it was inserted. I left it in place, but commented it out. rowley (talk) 22:26, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Grasshoppers as food[edit]

I think that something should be included about grasshoppers being used as human food. This is common in many cultures, and is becoming more prevalant in others.Mk5384 (talk) 13:38, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

There is already a section on that topic... de Bivort 13:44, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Some old page history[edit]

Some old page history that used to be at the title "grasshopper" can now be found at Talk:Grasshopper/Old history. Graham87 15:57, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

Grasshopper spit[edit]

Wow, I don't see anything on this page about grasshopper "spit"... you know that gross brownish stuff they puke up on you if you catch them? I'd say it's definitely notable enough to be mentioned but I don't actually know what the stuff is. (talk) 01:51, 6 November 2011 (UTC)

I think that you may be looking at the wrong end of the animal?  Velella  Velella Talk   12:58, 6 November 2011 (UTC)
I came here looking for the same information. When I was young, I frequently observed grasshoppers discharging a brownish liquid from their mouths. Years ago I read an article describing the purpose of the liquid, but I do not recall what the article said because it was so long ago. -- (talk) 23:47, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Image question[edit]

The left image is currently in the article. The right image is (to the best of my reckoning) the same species, and I think it is considerably better. Does anyone else think the right image should be in the article? — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:48, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

support, for the unbroken antennae alone. de Bivort 23:05, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

friad jgezq — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:42, 19 October 2014 (UTC)