Are grasshoppers helpful or harmful?
You have posed a most difficult question. Grasshoppers have something of a
bad reputation, because some do cause damage to crops and other plants,
sometimes a great deal of damage. On the other hand, only a few of many species
of grasshopper ever do such harm. Like all creatures on earth, grasshoppers have
evolved to fit into their habitats and are an essential part of food chains.
This quote may be a bit hard to understand, but I think it sums up not just how we
might look at grasshoppers but all the other small things that share our world.
Maybe you can ask your parents, teachers, and fellow students what they think.
"And so, in answering the polite and honest question, "What is a grasshopper good for?"
.... my answer is that a grasshopper isn't good for anything. Its presence is of
no significance -- an ultimate zero. Its value is in being a grasshopper, nothing
more. The grasshopper just is. And that is enough."
Jeffrey A. Lockwood
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Update: June 2012