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A grasshopper’s cuticle becomes green during…

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A grasshopper’s cuticle becomes green during the rainy season and black after fire. The reasons for the change is…

A. obtain food

B. predators

C. secure mates

D. escape detection




Adaptive features are often employed by organisms to survive their habitats. The grasshopper cuticle is the outer layer that forms parts of its exoskeleton.

Now for the right answer to the above question:

  1. A grasshopper does not need to change color just to obtain food. So, A is incorrect.
  2. Much as this might sound close to the answer, avoidance of predators not the only reason for their adaptive change in color. The grasshopper may also need to prey on other organisms for food, they need to do this undetected. B is incorrect.
  3. Change in color of cuticle not to attract mates. So, C is also incorrect.
  4. D is very correct; they need to stay undetected to both prey and predators.


You may please note that:

  • The grasshoppers, in addition to the need to stay undetected to predators, they also need to stay undetected to other organisms which they prey on.

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/ culled from 2017 JAMB-UTME biology question 28 /

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