English: Javanese Grasshopper, Shorthorned Grasshopper
Indonesian: Belalang Kayu, Belalang Kunyit
I found some of these grasshopper nymphs in the backyard in Jonggol, West Java. I watch them growing day by day until they become adult grasshoppers.
Grasshoppers of this kind usually consumed at my place. It taste pretty good.
Scientific Classification of Valanga nigricornis – Javanese Grasshopper – Belalang kayu
Domain Eukaryota Whittaker & Margulis, 1978 – eukaryotes / lifeforms with nucletic cells
Kingdom Animalia C. Linnaeus, 1758 – animals
Subkingdom Bilateria (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983 – bilaterians
Branch Protostomia Grobben, 1908 – protostomes
Infrakingdom Ecdysozoa A.M.A. Aguinaldo et al., 1997 ex T. Cavalier-Smith, 1998 – ecdysozoans
Superphylum Panarthropoda Cuvier
Phylum Arthropoda Latreille, 1829 – arthropods
Subphylum Mandibulata Snodgrass, 1938
Infraphylum Atelocerata Heymons, 1901
Class Insecta C. Linnaeus, 1758 – insects
Infraclass Pterygota - winged Insects
Order Orthoptera Latreille, 1793 – locusts, katydids, crickets, grasshoppers
Suborder Caelifera Ander, 1939 – short-horned grasshoppers
Superfamily Acridoidea (MacLeay, 1821) Burmeister, 1839
Family Acrididae MacLeay, 1821 – grasshoppers
Subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae W.F. Kirby, 1902
Genus Valanga Uvarov, 1923
Species V. nigricornis
Botanical/Scientific name: Valanga nigricornis (H. Burmeister, 1838)
I didn’t know how the grasshopper losing its hind legs or one of the antennae. I left the house for several days and the grasshopper were still a nymph. And when I returned, the grasshoppers already looked like this, an adult grasshopper and disabled. Maybe something happens during the molting process.
Photos of Valanga nigricornis – Javanese Grasshopper – Belalang kayu were taken using a camera phone Sony Ericsson K800i in Jonggol, West Java, Indonesia.
source: Life in the Backyard