The Lamenting Grasshopper (Eyprepocnemis plorans) is an insect in the Acrididae family of grasshoppers.
The Lamenting Grasshopper has a short brown body (with a head, thorax, and abdomen) with two yellowish-cream stripes from head to tail. It has short antennae. It has powerful hind (back) legs which enable it to leap very high. It also has two pairs of wings and can fly long distances.
It measures about 5 centimetres (2 inches) in length.
The Lamenting Grasshopper is native to Africa, Europe, and Asia. It is a ground-dwelling (terrestrial) insect. It prefers coastal habitats with lush vegetation, such as marshes.
It is a chewing herbivore, eating plants, especially leaves, but it will also eat plant stems and shoots.
The Lamenting Grasshopper is hemimetabolous, which means that it does not undergo a complete metamorphosis. The adult female lays eggs under the soil, which hatch into nymphs after a few weeks. After 25-30 days, the nymphs become adult grasshoppers.
Adult grasshoppers have a lifespan of about 50 days.
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