Why does this grasshopper have such small wings?
Because this species does not fly.No. This species of grasshopper does fly.
Because it has a mutation.No. This is a normal grasshopper, not a mutant.
Because it is a cricket, not a grasshopper.No. This is a grasshopper.
Because it is not an adult.Yes! Grasshoppers have incomplete metamorphosis. The immature grasshoppers look similar to adults, but have some differences. The immature stages of the grasshopper has small wings, but the adult stage has large, functional wings.
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SC.2.L.16.1 Observe and describe major stages in the life cycles of plants and animals, including beans and butterflies.
SC.4.L.16.4 Compare and contrast the major stages in the life cycles of Florida plants and animals, such as those that undergo incomplete and complete metamorphosis, and flowering and nonflowering seedbearing
UT.5.V.1.c Compare various examples of offspring that do not initially resemble the parent organism but mature to become similar to the parent organism (e.g., mealworms and darkling beetles, tadpoles and frogs, seedlings and vegetables, caterpillars and butterflies).
1-LS3-1 Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.