Imagine if you’re a grasshopper, hopping about doing your thing and you come face to face with a spider – OUCH !
The boogey man has eight legs
When a team of scientists exposed grasshoppers to spiders, they confirmed, what should be obvious to anyone who stops to think about it – a grasshopper will be scared out of his wits, should it accidently “bump” into a spider, while out and about.
But the team discovered something that was not so obvious – grasshopper close encounters with eight legged bug eyed monsters, leaves a lot more than just the grasshopper shaking. The meetings provoked a stress response, which rippled down the food chain, so that everyone in the grasshopper’s world suffered, a little.
Fear chemicals foul up the works
The troubles started with the chemical rush that flooded the bodies of the petrified grasshopper, who in a moment saw its life flash in front of it.
Yup, it isn’t just a human condition – the lowly grasshopper has a stress response too.
The chemistry is a little different from human chemistry, since grasshoppers don’t actually have a REAL heart, remember they’re insects, so grasshopper stress won’t precipitate a heart attack. But it does change what they choose to eat.
Hungry for nice things
Stressed out grasshoppers, look for carbohydrate-rich plants, just like, stressed out humans seek out “nice” foods, such as sweets, cookies and comfort foods.
But, just like a high carb diet creates a environmental problem postprandially, it creates a lot of negativity in the grasshoppers environment because…
A carcass full of carbs doesn’t rot
The carb loaded grasshopper eventually dies – sometimes of “natural” causes, unfortunately in grasshopper country, the end is oftentimes more dramatic.
Grasshoppers end up being other creatures dinner. But a stressed out grasshopper, doesn’t make a perfect dinner, especially for the bacteria and fungi in the soil. Turning a high carb grasshopper carcass back to dust, is made that much more difficult, because the carcass is short of nitrogen.
NOTE : Nitrogen is only found in protein rich foods, it is missing from carbs and fats.
Soiled by stressed grasshoppers
The team found that the shortage of nitrogen in the stressed grasshopper bodies, ended up slowing the process of decomposition. At the end of the day, changes in decomposition rates can impact the quality of the soil etc.
Who’d have thought – a meeting between a grasshopper and a spider, could impact the chemistry of an entire ecosystem. Little things can have a big impact on overall chemistry.
Studies like this confirm that everybody counts in an ecosystem – even grasshoppers. So do your bit to protect the wilds and try not to scare too many grasshoppers and things.
Little things impact chemistry
Being healthy is all about good body chemistry. Small things can have big effects on the chemical balance within your body.
TRY TO AVOID TOO MANY ENCOUNTERS WITH EIGHT LEGGED BOOGEY MEN !
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