SINOBUG
Grasshopper (Acrididae)

Although looking very immature without wings and easily confused for a nymph, this is in fact the adult of a brachypterous species. 
Brachyptery is an anatomical condition meaning that an animal has very reduced, non-functional wings. Brachypterous wings are very common in the insect world when an insect species gives up the ability to fly, hence reduce its flight muscles so as to save energy. This condition is known in parasitic insects that live on other animals, insects on isolated oceanic islands without natural enemies, or even females that use the extra benefit provided of having reduced wings as an increase in energy to manufacture more eggs. Sometimes brachypterous insects can exist with fully developed wings (macropterous) individuals, or wing development may depend on the temperature. In the cold of winter, for example, wings are reduced and in summer they are fully developed for migration. 


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese grasshoppers and crickets on my Flickr site HERE…..

Grasshopper (Acrididae)

Although looking very immature without wings and easily confused for a nymph, this is in fact the adult of a brachypterous species.

Brachyptery is an anatomical condition meaning that an animal has very reduced, non-functional wings. Brachypterous wings are very common in the insect world when an insect species gives up the ability to fly, hence reduce its flight muscles so as to save energy. This condition is known in parasitic insects that live on other animals, insects on isolated oceanic islands without natural enemies, or even females that use the extra benefit provided of having reduced wings as an increase in energy to manufacture more eggs. Sometimes brachypterous insects can exist with fully developed wings (macropterous) individuals, or wing development may depend on the temperature. In the cold of winter, for example, wings are reduced and in summer they are fully developed for migration.

Grasshopper (Acrididae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese grasshoppers and crickets on my Flickr site HERE…..

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