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Description of Grasshopper

´╗┐Grasshoppers, leaping insects of the order Orthoptera, include all locusts. However, not all grasshoppers are locusts. The main difference between the locusts and other grasshoppers is the length of their horns (antennae). Locusts (Acrididae) have shorter antennae than other grasshoppers (Tettigoniidae). The amazing leaps of grasshoppers are due to long, slender hind legs with large thighs. These leaps are each many times the grasshopper's body length. Most grasshoppers also have large, straight, delicate hindwings, which enable flight. When a grasshopper is at rest, these wings are folded up and protected by tough front wings that cover them entirely. Grasshoppers are found in most areas of the world except for northern Canada, Greenland, northern Asia, northwest Africa,West Australia, and the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Long-horned grasshoppers are herbivores and found wherever vegetation grows. Their threadlike antennae are longer than their bodies. They are related to katydids. When endangered, they spit out brown liquid called "tobacco juice", and take huge, vigorous leaps to escape. The green color of these grasshoppers conceals them in grass, where they eat pieces of grass leaves and stems. Long-horned grasshoppers do not usually eat crop plants. Short-horned grasshoppers, locusts, are called true grasshoppers because they live only in grasses and leaves. They are well known for traveling in huge swarms that lay bare whole farms or whole regions of countries. The huge populations of swarms and the destruction they have caused are mentioned in the Bible. Schistocera perigrina, a North African locust, may have been the species described in the biblical account of the plagues of Egypt.

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