The tender grasshopper, his chosen crest,
That all the summer, with a tuneful wing.
Makes merry chirpings in its grassy nest,
Inspirited with dew to leap and sing
-Francis James Child
DID YOU KNOW....
The grasshopper's auditory organs are found not on the head, but rather, on the abdomen. A pair of membranes that vibrate in response to sound waves are located one on either side of the first abdominal segment, tucked under the wings. This simple eardrum, called a tympanal organ, allows the grasshopper to hear the songs of its fellow grasshoppers.