How Grasshoppers Jump


Dr Bill Heitler
School of Psychology and Neuroscience,
University of St Andrews,
Scotland, UK.

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

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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 have a quick peek at 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. Here is my home page.



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