How to Catch a Grasshopper

Four Methods:Alternate Method

Ever tried catching a grasshopper? Anyone who has tried will know that they are quick, and can be very difficult to catch. This wikiHow will help you improve your grasshopper-catching skills.

Method 1

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    Find the grasshopper. As they are herbivorous, they can be found in places with vegetation. E.g. a grass field, long weeds, etc.
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    Put your hands together, as if you are going to pray. But unfold them like a book, as if your thumbs are the spine of the book.
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    Hold this hand position above the grasshopper, and quickly cup your hands around it, as if you are trying to hold a tennis ball.
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    Move your fingers around, inside the 'cup', and hold the grasshopper by its body.
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    Look closely at the grasshopper you have caught. You could even make notes about its features, and take a photograph, and study it later.

Method 2

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    Another way to catch you found grasshopper is to slowly sneak up behind it, remaining as quiet as possible.
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    Stick your thumb and forefinger out toward where the wings meet behind the grasshopper. When you are around a centimeter or so away, quickly pinch the wings together.
    • The grasshopper will spin around and grab your fingers.
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    • The hopper will then vomit to try to scare you.
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    Quickly drop it in a jar, put a paper towel over the jar, and put a rubber band around the top of the jar and over the paper towel.
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    Take pointy scissors and poke seven or eight holes in the top to let your new friend breathe.
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    Later drop in some grass and a twig for it to climb.

Method 3
Alternate Method

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    Locate a wide, open field with long grass, or a vacant lot.
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    Walk around, dragging your feet, until something either hops a little in front of you, or you see large, brown and white, butterfly like wings fly a dozen feet ahead or so.
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    Watch as it flies away, and where it lands.
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    Use a sturdy net, and slowly creep up on your hands and knees behind it, then slam the net on it. If this fails, chase after and whack it with the net, and when it's on the ground, put the net behind it. It will leap at you, fall, and then you can quickly grab it.
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    Find the source and cup your hand around, then use the other hand to pick up by the hind legs, pinch them loosely together.
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    Put it in jar or release.

Method 4

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    Grab an empty water bottle.
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    Move your feet around a bunch of grass till you see a grasshopper jump around.
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    Make sure it lands on a large piece of grass
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    Hold your water bottle facing down and slowly drag with the grass going in the bottle and put the lid on it.
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    Poke holes on the bottles lid.
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    You have a new Friend!

Tips

  • If you keep a pet praying mantis, or other carnivorous insect, you could try feeding it grasshoppers, as they are one of the mantises favourite foods.
  • When crouching, stay low and move slow.
  • The grasshopper will try kicking with its jumping legs (the pair that are larger than the other four). Try holding it by the jumping legs so that it can't irritate you.
  • Put the grasshopper back where you found it when finished.


Grasshoppers are easily caught at night. Simply take a flashlight and grasshopper container. Look in shrubs, grass and small trees. Slowly reach out and grasp the grasshopper. They are very hesitant to fly at night. Watch for other less desirable nocturnal creatures e.g. snakes, scorpions

  • If it's a nymph, grab a plastic container and open it. Quickly place the container over the grasshopper and slip the lid underneath.
  • Grasshoppers might lose their back legs cause of fear.

Warnings

  • Certain species of grasshoppers have been known to bite people.
  • If you intend killing the grasshopper, check your local laws first.

Article Info

Categories: Grasshoppers and Crickets