How Grasshoppers Jump

by

W. J. Heitler (wjh@st-andrews.ac.uk)
School of Biology
University of St Andrews
Scotland, UK.

locust

The picture shows a young adult Schistocerca gregaria, the desert locust. This grasshopper can form huge swarms, and is a major crop pest.

Have you ever been amazed and astounded at how well a grasshopper can jump?
Have you ever wondered how they do it?

The one word answer is that they use a CATAPULT. If you want to know the full story, read on.

Or you can skip to seeing the catapult in action, and come back for the details later.

Here is some information on grasshopper lifestyles, and some weird stuff..

Wearing another hat, I am a neurobiologist, and developed the Neurosim teaching software and the DataView analysis software and several utilities.

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Site last updated January 2007


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