There are no grasshoppers with stingers. Females have a ovipositor that it used to lay eggs that may look like a stinger. They are may bite if picked up but they are harmless to humans.
Grasshoppers can live anywhere they can find plenty amount of food to eat except in cold regions. They can live in meadows and fields. They usually have a hard shell, and a mature grasshopper is about one and a half inches long. These insects are so small, but they eat a lot. Their surface area to volume ratio is high. An average grasshopper can feed sixteen times its weight. You can find these insects in mountains, forests, deserts, and swamps.
What grasshopper eat depends on their location because different geographical locations have different plant and animal species. Grasshoppers like feeding on leaves, cereal crops, and grasses-however, the shorthorn grasshopper not only feeds on plants, but it can feed on every plant species. Besides feeding on greens, grasshoppers can as well eat small insects.
Additionally, grasshoppers are good hunters, and their camouflage assists them in their hunt. However, other grasshopper species like feeding on human-produced produce like wheat; when they do, they can cause serious damage to the crips and, in some instances, eat all crops.
Grasshoppers are primarily active in the daytime but can also eat at night. These insects do not have colonies nor nests, and some species move on long movements to find new food supplies. Most species are solitary and only meet for mating. However, the migratory species, in some cases, gather in large groups. When these insects are picked, they eject a brownish liquid known as tobacco juice. According to scientists, the liquid protects the grasshoppers from insects like ants and other predators; they spit the tobacco juice, catapult, and go away quickly. Grasshoppers try to escape predators by hiding in the leaves and grass.
The greatest grasshopper enemies are those gnats that lay eggs on or near grasshopper eggs. Some insects can lay eggs even on the grasshopper’s body; even when they fly, the newborn flies eat the grasshoppers. Other predators include birds, beetle, spiders, and snakes.
The lifespan of a grasshopper depends on the climate of where it resides. In climates where winter is frozen, grasshoppers can only survive the chill as eggs. Mature grasshoppers can not endure cold temperatures and are capable of living for several years.
Grasshopper conservation status
The grasshopper population in the world is stable, and these insects are not threatened.
Amazing facts that you should know:
In most countries, grasshoppers are consumed as food
Grasshoppers, especially the locust species, cause one and half billion dollars of damage in the United States by destroying crops
Some grasshopper species produce some chirping sounds by rubbing their leg with one of the front wings.
Overall you can not be stung and they are harmless. They do not bite.