Grasshopper Metamorphosis – Hello readers wherever you are.
Like the title we have seen together, this time we will discuss a topic that is not far from the world of insects.
Really! We will discuss about grasshopper metamorphosis.
Grasshoppers are insects that are often found in plantations, rice fields and forests.
To shorten the time, let’s just take a look at the full explanation below.
Grasshopper Life Cycle, which is from the egg of a grasshopper that hatches, then grows into the nymph stage, develops into an adult grasshopper which then mates and produces a new generation of grasshoppers with the same cycle that will repeat again.
Understanding of Metamorphosis
To understand the metamorphosis cycle of any kind of animal, of course we must first understand what the meaning behind the word metamorphosis itself.
The following below explains the meaning of the word metamorphosis.
• Metamorphosis is a growth process that involves biological changes in the physical appearance of an animal including the structure after birth or hatching.
Physical changes occur because of cell growth and radical cell differentiation.
Differentiated Metamorphosis Divided Into Two
1. Incomplete metamorphosis (Hemimetabola) is a metamorphosis which passes through the stage of the egg that hatches into a nymph, then grows and develops into an adult (adult).
Nymphs are young animals that are similar to adult animals but smaller with different body ratios.
The nymph will experience skin changes every time after the molting process (the process of changing the skin) and will look more like a real adult animal.
Examples of animals that pass through this metamorphosis process: crickets, grasshoppers.
2. Complete metamorphosis (Homometabola) is the metamorphosis of the development of living things through the stages of the egg – larvae – pupa – imago (adult).
The eggs that hatch will become larvae and the larvae will become cocoons and turn into imago (adults).
Examples of animals through complete metamorphosis: butterflies.
Stages or Cycle of Grasshopper Metamorphosis
After knowing the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis, it can be concluded that grasshoppers are animals that experience imperfect metamorphosis.
1. Grasshopper Eggs
Female grasshoppers lay fertilized eggs in the form of egg pods, usually more than ten, either in the sand or between leaf litter.
Each egg pod consists of about 10-300 eggs that are shaped like rice grains.
Then, the eggs hatch into nymphs.
These eggs can fall asleep during the fall and winter, for almost ten months, if they are in a four-season country.
2. Grasshopper nymphs
Immediately after hatching, the young nymph (first instar nymph) will begin to eat soft and fresh leaves.
As we explained above, nymphs are mini versions of adult grasshoppers, and usually the nymph version has a light color and has no wings.
Generally, nymphs will experience 5-6 molting processes (change the skin) and change the shape and structure of the body, before becoming an adult.
3. Adult grasshopper
After 25-30 days, the wings will develop fully and the mini nymph version has grown into an adult.
So, the time span of the initial laying of eggs to grasshoppers to become adults, requires a very varied time, depending on when the locusts lay eggs.
And the longest time span is around 10-11 months.
Adult grasshoppers gain sexual maturity within 15 days and last for a period of about 30 days.