Grasshopper lifecycle

At the start of the year, we reported how 75 giant grasshoppers had hatched in the farm barn.

Now those babies – who reach adult stage after around six weeks – are having babies of their own – which is timely as this week is Insect Week!

Keepers spotted one female laying a cluster of fertilised eggs into the soil substrate, by pushing its abdomen into the ground, starting the lifecycle all over again!

The eggs are covered with a sticky substance which protects them underground, where they bind together and form an egg pod. They’ll remain in-situ for around 11 months.

The typical lifespan of a grasshopper is around 12 months.

Organised by the Royal Entomological Society, the seven-day campaign, which concludes today, encourages people to learn more about the wonderful world of insects!