Less oxygen = shorter time between molts = shorter life-span = fewer hungry grasshoppers. And for farmers, that's very good news. A recent study conducted by Scott Kirkton, associate professor of biology at Union College, offers insight into the relationship between respiratory function and molting that could help farmers save more of their crops.
With each molt, grasshoppers shed their exoskeletons and emerge into new ones that provide room for growth. During the six stages of their lifecycle, they get progressively larger.
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