Grasshoppers are the staple diet for many a critter out here JOTOLR. These include snakes, frogs, rodents, lizards, hornets, spiders--and, of course, turkeys. Even humans in some more basic cultures consume grasshoppers in season, with great relish. And, of course there are the not-so-basic cultures which prefer their grasshoppers roasted and then chocolate-covered.
Our turkeys are thriving on the clouds of grasshoppers that drift over the drying grass. They run like feathered beetles, chasing after these mini-meals on wings. So far the experiment to let the turkeys free-range, has been mixed. They want proximity to humans so we've had to discourage --via electric fence--their desire to roost on the porch. The flipside is their perpetual motion. They are constantly on the move, flushing grasshoppers and exploring other types of food, clicking to one another as they move, staying in touch.
When MM and I lived in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, we encountered what must have been some of the largest grasshoppers in the world. Nearly four inches long, they flew like birds through our yard. For a look at them, go to Giant Valangas Grasshoppers.
In Australia, it often seems everything is bigger than life! The "flying foxes" are not "foxes" at all, but rather super-sized bats. They used to fly in of an evening and hang out in our mango tree. I think of them often as we watch the tiny bats here rounding up in the morning, to sleep for the day, swooping overhead as we sip coffee on the porch. They're small, thank goodness! The ones that visited our mango tree in Cairns, had a wingspan of probably 18 inches or so.
And, it's interesting that bats --whatever their size--eat grasshoppers that are caught out at dusk. Big grasshoppers for big bats in Australia; smaller grasshoppers for smaller bats in this country!