Our Plastic Grasshopper This engaging, realistic-looking, plastic grasshopper is made of hard durable plastic. It is 3 inches long including flexible antennae. It makes a good replica in a shoe box diorama or for any school project. It is also an excellent party gag. Check out our other grasshopper toys and gifts. .
Grasshopper antennae are considerably shorter than their body and they have mandibles that rip and tear their food. They are served as food on skewers in Chinese markets and are often used in soups in Africa. Grasshoppers are also prevalent in food markets in central and southern Mexico. While a number of species of grasshopper can be pests, the ones that immediately come to mind are locusts. Some short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae will swarm, and these locusts can be extremely destructive to food crops as they eat nearly everything in their path.