Write an essay that explains how to watch this insect and attempts to convince the reader that it’s worth watching
How to Watch a Grasshopper
I am the creature that is cherished for my song that is believed to coax with the moon. Some People believe that I offer attributes of happiness, good health, good luck, wealth health and abundance while others perceive me as a messenger of good news. I am an enemy of birds and farmers when there are food shortage but peaceful when there are plenty of food. I have two names, who am I?
Without doubt, the fascinating reputations belong to a grasshopper that is well known for its ability to jump incredible heights and distances. However, it is worth watching these insect’s fascinating behaviors. On the other hand, grasshoppers are historically known for their incredible jumping, mating and eating but they are also known for bringing fortunes.“Grasshopper is the Chinese symbol of good luck and abundance” (Woolcott). Their symbol is adapted from their physical characteristics that are jumping incredible heights and distances. If you observe this insect keenly and try to catch it, you will find that it leaps very high that you can’t be able to catch it. However, Chinese people have a perception that whenever they possess this creature their things will not just move normally step by step but rather they will progress extremely fast towards positive outcomes just like the grasshoppers leap high.
As I have noted, grasshoppers are known for three things and that is jumping, attracting a mate and their eating habits. These fascinating features make it worth watching these jumping creatures that are classified as insects. Have you ever tried catching a grasshopper? If the answer is no then perhaps you don’t know how far they can fly to escape danger and what aids them to fly that high. This insect is normally found all over the world except in cold regions like north and south poles. The biogeographic regions that you can mostly find them are Ethiopia, Australia and Michigan where you will find fifty of the classified species among the eleven thousand species of grasshoppers. Precisely, you can find a grasshopper in the following habitats; woodlands, savanna lands, forest, deserts though they are distinguished according to their species. Moreover, some grasshopper species prefer living in dry open areas with a lot of grass and low plants while others would prefer to live in forest and desert. Many of the grasshoppers are the one that invade farms to feed on the low plants. They are mostly active during the day although the sometimes feed during the night. Since they are prone to cold, they are normally available during the summer season when the weather is suitable for them. Furthermore, grasshoppers are clearly visible unlike other small creature hence in order to view them you need a catching net that will aid you to harvest them perhaps it is impossible to catch them on free hand. However, the features of their body aid them to adapt their lifestyle.
While in a garden or grassy area, you can be able to differentiate a grasshopper from other creatures because there are still other creatures that can jump or fly but are not a grasshopper. For your information, a grasshopper scientifically belongs to order orthoptera of class insect. However, this is relevant information that would assist to distinguish the insect from the rest. Its distinguished characteristics ease the procedure of identifying them. They are medium to large size, they can grow from an extent of 2 inches to five inches though the growth vary and is influenced by the adaptations. In addition, sometimes you can get confused by their color since it varies but they are normally brown. Some are stripped while other vary in color and become yellowish brown, reddish brown and light green. In order to distinguish a grasshopper from other creatures such as crickets, they make some sound by stridulating but the funny thing about them is that they do not have nest or territories. Moreover, they have unique behavior compared to other insects which make them be easily identified. (“BioKIDS – Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species, Acrididae, Grasshoppers: INFORMATION”)
Grasshoppers can differentiate from other insects of the same class but in different suborders by the following features; they have shorter antennae, make sounds by rubbing their forelegs against their wings, they only eat plants since they are herbivores and hear with abdomen, if you look carefully on the first segment of their abdomen, you could eventually see membranes that vibrate in response to sound waves though is a feature that is hard to identify since it requires a scientific observation with aid of some biological instruments. The funny thing about the fascinating feature about the grasshoppers among others is that their wings and legs make some music by stridulating or crepitating; if you can watch them closely, you could see that they rub their forelegs on their wings. In addition, their hind limbs aid them to jump high while their wings aid them to fly a distance and that is why they migrate in search of food. However, grasshoppers being historically know for their fortunes, the also contain a realm of connection with human beings. (“Grasshopper (Caelifera) – Animals”)
Grasshoppers are well known as peaceful creatures, therefore, it is believed that whenever a grasshopper comes into your dream you should realize that you are required to take a step and settle the issues at hand since it is an indication that you might be having a problem with being indecisive. On the other hand, it is believed that a grasshopper is a symbol of independence and liberty hence this signify that you should have freedom in thoughts and intentions whenever a grasshopper comes into your dream. (“Grasshopper”).
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