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KodRoute
Griñón, Madrid
Spain

December 22, 2012
7:24 AM

Post #9364572

Thanks.

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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

December 22, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #9364607

Looks like a nymph of an Egyptian grasshopper, Anacridium aegyptium - /photos/72459678@N00/3102162045
brandoblues
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 22, 2012
8:24 PM

Post #9365154

You know why their eyes are so big?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #9365370

I looked at a number of sites and while all commented on the very distinctive eyes, there were no references to a reason for the size. But, looking at pictures of adults, the eyes seem more in proportion to the body. Perhaps, like humans, their eyes do not grow as they do...they grow to match their eye size.
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

December 23, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #9365373

(1) Grasshoppers as a group are visually oriented; they need to be able to detect movement (as from potential predators) readily.
(2) As per themoonhowl, the heads of orthopteran nymphs tend to be larger in proportion to their body size than those of adults.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #9365375

Thanks Flap...nice to know I was on the right track...that was my thought looking at nymph and adult pics.

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