Why You Keep Seeing Grasshoppers | Grasshopper Spiritual Meaning

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

Has the Grasshopper Spirit Animal been showing up for you lately? Has it stood out and grabbed your attention? Well, get ready for a whirlwind of greatness because that is what the grasshopper spirit brings to you!

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Grasshopper Curious Facts

Grasshoppers experience three stages in their metamorphosis life cycle consisting of the embryo, nymph, and adult stage. In this life span of only 12 months they experience many changes and much growth.

So far through research it has been found that all grasshoppers start their life in an egg. The mother will lay around 10-30 eggs at a time and throughout the summer they on average will lay around 100 eggs total. You can find these eggs in places such as underneath sand, tree bark or leaves. Once they hatch, they are considered nymphs.

Nymphs will look very similar to the adult grasshoppers however, they will have yet to develop their wings, full color, size and reproductive organs. They will experience about 5-6 molts during this stage. The molting process consists of when their bodies undergo a change called an incomplete metamorphosis. Their size will increase, their wing pads will develop and even their color will change during this process. The nymph stage averages between 5-10 days before they become considered adults.

The adult stage will last on average 2 months. During this stage their wings, reproductive organs, and so much more will have become developed and matured. In case you didn't realize it beforehand grasshoppers actually have wings, and yes, they use them to fly. Flying aids them when escaping predators alongside using their spit that has been described as brown in appearance.

Many studies have found that the survival rate of Nymphs after hatching is about only 50% due to the huge role grasshoppers play in the food chain. Grasshoppers provide food for many predators such as snakes, lizards, birds, rodents, and even spiders. At this rate they are a hit for the ecosystem.

You may have already noticed the two different types of grasshoppers but if not here is a little information that may make you look closer the next time you see one. There is the long-horned grasshopper and the short-horned grasshopper. The long-horned grasshoppers have antennas/feelers about the same length of their body. The short-horned grasshopper has antennas the size of less than half the length of their body. Which ones do you see more often?

A quite peculiar fact is that grasshopper "ears" can be found on their belly. Can you imagine having a pair of ears on your belly? I know, for me, I get way too hungry throughout the day to have ears on my belly hearing every single growl and ache.

The famous orchestrated sound we all like to talk about that grasshoppers make is actually coming from them rubbing their hind legs on their wings. Imagine seeing that on a stage. The choir making music from rubbing their legs together. Nevertheless, the sound that is yet so familiar to us that it is in fact the sound they make to attract a mate.

I think the wildest fact I found during my research is that grasshoppers existed before dinosaurs did. Fossil records show that grasshoppers existed at least 300 million years ago during the Carboniferous period. I can only imagine the amount of ancestors each individual grasshopper has.

Did you know that if we, humans, could relatively jump the same distance as a grasshopper does with their size, we would be able to jump the size of a football field. Isn't that amazing? Definitely a great sign spiritually and symbolically for those that are seeing the Grasshopper spirit animal.

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