How to Catch Grasshoppers
By Jack, Nature & Games Contributor/TGS Kids’ Cavern
You have to be fast and gentle at the same time to catch a grasshopper. If you hold the grasshopper to tightly it will squish in your hand. Depending where you are, many different kinds of grasshoppers might be around. In a field near our swimming pool, we caught four different species of grasshoppers.
Rules of the catch:
- The smaller the grasshopper, the more frantic they are.
- Using your hands is easier than a net.
- Cup with both hands so you don’t squish it.
- Some fly so be prepared when you open up your hands.
- If you keep it in a jar or something, make sure there are holes in the lid so they can breathe.
- For keeping reasons, use a box or fish tank or something you would keep hermit crabs in. If you use a fish tank (same with caterpillars), you might want to have some soil covering half of fish tank with climbing spaces. Crickets are easier to keep…but that’s a whole ‘nother story.
- Always remember to release back into the wild so they don’t die. This is a
picture of a grasshopper we called Blade since he blends in with the grass. He was quite a jumper. He jumped on Mom’s phone when she took the picture, then jumped out of the tank. I caught him again but he escaped a little bit later.
This is Flicker. I believe he is a male. I call him Flicker because if you try to grab him he will flick you with his back legs. He is very calm and does not move much.
We call this one Junior. I think he is a male and only has one leg. I took this picture in the habitat we made for him.
What else do you want to catch…