Valanga nigricornis – Javanese grasshopper – Belalang Kayu


Valanga nigricornis_Javanese Grasshopper_belalang kayu

Common names:
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
Superclass Panhexapoda
Class Insecta C. Linnaeus, 1758 – insects
Subclass Dicondylia
Infraclass Pterygota - winged Insects
Superorder Orthopterida
Order Orthoptera Latreille, 1793 – locusts, katydids, crickets, grasshoppers
Suborder Caelifera Ander, 1939 – short-horned grasshoppers
Infraorder Acrididea
Superfamily Acridoidea (MacLeay, 1821) Burmeister, 1839
Family Acrididae MacLeay, 1821 – grasshoppers
Subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae W.F. Kirby, 1902
Tribe Cyrtacanthacridini
Genus Valanga Uvarov, 1923
Species V. nigricornis
Botanical/Scientific name: Valanga nigricornis (H. Burmeister, 1838)

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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.

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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

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