Grasshoppers (Nsenene) in Uganda

The grasshopper commonly referred to as ‘Nseenene’ in Luganda is a short-horned bush cricket or katydid of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. The shading of various types of grasshoppers is regularly subject to the environment with numerous species adjusted to green fields and woodlands to maintain a strategic distance from predators. Others have adjusted to drier, sandy situations and mix in well with the shades of dry earth and sand. These insects are nocturnal and breed in generalised areas.

They inhabit in Central and West Africa – Zambia and are widespread in intertropical areas and they occur in six colour morphs, the most dominant being Green. The different color forms are for protection. The green ones copy the green vegetation, dark-coloured – dry vegetation and purple kicking the bucket grass Green is the most predominant shade of females and the greater part of the darker ones are male. Different hues incorporate green with a purple head, green with dark coloured head, darker with a green head and the most uncommon shading is purple.

They breed during the rainy seasons, that is March to April and October to December. And males are regularly observed pursuing females, mating on activity lights.

In Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania grasshoppers are eaten and regarded as a good source of income, protein, minerals and vitamins. they are typically gathered during the evening, utilizing lights or electric lighting, in compass nets. They are generally put in water for 24 hours, after which they can be cooked or eaten raw, sun-dried, seasoned with flavours, splashed in lime, and utilized in soup or as a filling for different dishes.

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