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Grasshoppers Laying Eggs

10-3-18 grasshopper_U1A0275Being cold-blooded, a female dew-covered grasshopper, plump with eggs, basks on a cold morning in the early morning light in order to warm her muscles up enough to allow her to jump down to the ground below.  She then inserts her abdomen into the ground with the help of an egg-laying organ called an ovipositor that is shaped like a knife, and proceeds to dig down an inch or two. It is here where her eggs will spend the winter, clustered together in a protective case of hardened foam (pod) that the grasshopper secretes while laying her eggs.  While most males perish soon after mating, females have a longer life, not dying until after laying their eggs in the fall.

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