Grasshoppers typically mate in late summer and fall. If it’s a short-horned grasshopper (pictured), the smaller male mounts the female (female long-horned grasshoppers mount the males). The male short-horned grasshopper often remains riding the female for long periods in order to ensure paternity. When the eggs are fully formed, the female pushes the ovipositor at the end of her abdomen ½” to 2” into the ground and produces a glue-like secretion that cements the soil around the egg mass, forming a protective “pod.” Each pod may contain 25 to 150 eggs, depending on the species of grasshopper. Grasshoppers which deposit masses containing few eggs usually lay more pods to compensate. A female may lay as many as 300 eggs which overwinter and hatch in the spring.
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September 23, 2013 | Categories: Animal Adaptations, Arthropods, Copulation, Egg laying, Grasshoppers, Herbivores, Insect Eggs, Insects, Invertebrates, Mating, Orthoptera, September | Tags: Caelifera, Egg Pod, Ovipositor, Short-horned Grasshoppers | Leave a comment