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This little guy kept me company as I waited in a meadow for the hummingbird moths to arrive.  Although, he finally got bored and left.

There are about 11,000 different species of grasshopper worldwide, and they can eat about half their body weight in plants each day.  Unfortunately for them, they are a good source of protein and are commonly consumed by people in African and Central and South American countries.

Some species make noises by either rubbing their back legs against the forewings or body, or by snapping their wings when flying.  They can leap about a meter long, which is the human equivalent to jumping more than a football field’s length.