Life Cycle of a Grasshopper: Lesson for Kids

Life Cycle of a Grasshopper: Lesson for Kids
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  • 0:02 The Grasshopper
  • 0:24 Grasshopper Life Cycle
  • 0:47 The Egg Stage
  • 1:10 Nymphs
  • 1:33 Molting
  • 2:29 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Mary Jon Hadley

Mary Jon has taught in an elementary school for nine years, and am currently working on my doctorate in curriculum, instruction and assessment.

How does a grasshopper grow up? What does a baby grasshopper look like? The grasshopper life cycle is very simple. Learn how grasshoppers grow from eggs into mini-grasshoppers called nymphs and finally adults.

The Grasshopper

If you've spent any time outside, you may be familiar with the insect called the grasshopper. There are around 11,000 different types of grasshoppers. They come in a number of colors including green, gray, and brown. Some even have bright colors on their wings. A grasshopper's color allows it to blend in with their surroundings and to attract a mate.

Grasshopper Life Cycle

You know how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly? They do so through a process called metamorphosis. Well, a grasshopper goes through an incomplete metamorphosis, which only has three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Grasshoppers skip the caterpillar stage!

It takes about two months for a grasshopper to complete its life cycle from egg to adult. During the summer and fall, an adult female grasshopper lays eggs in the ground. The eggs are stuck together in a pod. A pod can contain only a few eggs or over a hundred, depending on the type of grasshopper. A female grasshopper will lay many pods during her lifetime, all buried in the ground. Next time you're playing outside, you may be playing on grasshopper pods!

The Egg Stage

In the spring, each egg will hatch a nymph. A nymph looks like a tiny version of an adult grasshopper. The main difference is that nymphs are very small and do not have wings yet. Remember there could be over 100 nymphs from each pod. Can you imagine that? If there are pods all over your yard, think about how many tiny nymphs will be out searching for food in the spring.

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