I am studying on Locusts, and I was wondering if Locusts have
lungs? It may seem like a weird question but the weirder the better!
Locusts are grasshoppers for the most part and they breathe through openings
that line the sides of the abdomen. If you hold a grasshopper, you can often
see its abdomen compressing in and expanding out. This movement even
suggests breathing. The openings are the beginning of tubes that run
throughout the body cavity to provide oxygen and remove carbon dioxide.
Actually the blood of the locust just moves freely around the body for the
most part and oxygen / carbon dioxide diffusion is not as efficient as the
closed circulatory system of the bigger animals like ourselves.
I hope this helps.
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