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Grasshopper Dissection || It's a Bird, It's a Plane

How do grasshoppers jump so high? Learn how to dissect a grasshopper in this video, which also covers its external and internal anatomy and physiology. In this simple dissection of a grasshopper, you’ll learn various parts of its anatomy, how grasshoppers make sound, and how grasshoppers breathe.

Grasshoppers are part of a group of arthropods, and exhibit many of that group’s characteristic traits. Their anatomy also has some exciting features that you wouldn’t see in your own anatomy. Their mouthparts are also fascinating to learn about! Also, did you know that grasshoppers have four wings? In this video, you’ll learn general information about grasshoppers, which will be tied into its anatomical structures.

This dissection lab is for anyone who is curious about grasshopper anatomy, wants to cover grasshopper anatomy for a zoology course, missed the grasshopper dissection during biology class, or just wondered, “What’s inside a grasshopper?”. The video will teach you how to dissect a grasshopper step by step, and review the external and internal anatomy of the grasshopper.

In this video, we’ll cover the following structures:

Jointed appendages Labrum

Exoskeleton Mandibles

Head Maxillae

Thorax Hypopharynx

Abdomen Labium

Ovipositor Tracheal tubes

Hind legs Muscles

Femur Crop

Tibia Gizzard

Comb Stomach

Forewings Intestine

Hindwings Gastric caeca

Tympanic membrane Malpighian tubules

Spiracles Hemolymph (discussed)

Antennae Heart (discussed)

Eyes Ventral nerve cord (discussed)


If you want to learn more about grasshopper anatomy, here’s a link to a website with more detailed information, as well as diagrams:

If you have any questions regarding grasshopper anatomy, dissection methodology, or general biology, feel free to leave a comment. We'll try our best to reply.


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