How Grasshoppers Jump
W. J. Heitler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
School of Biology
University of St Andrews
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.
Wearing another hat, I am a neurobiologist, and developed the Neurosim teaching software and the DataView analysis software and several utilities.
Site last updated January 2007