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Grasshopper Weathervane

Grasshopper Weather Vane


This Grasshopper Weathervane was inspired by the world’s most famous Weathervane; the grasshopper that sits atop Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a symbol of prosperity and good luck. The Faneuil Hall Grasshopper weather vane is thought to have been designed and fabricated by Shem Drowne, the metalsmith who taught Paul Revere his trade.

Faneuil Hall Grasshopper Weathervane

Above, you can see two variations we have done on this design. One is a traditional, all copper Grasshopper Weather Vane. The other grasshopper vane was made with optional gold leafing. Both grasshoppers have translucent glass eyes. You can actually see the light shining through the all copper version if you look closely. Because each of our weather vanes is made to order, you will select the eye color your grasshopper will have.

Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish them from bush crickets or katydids, they are sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers. Species that change color and behavior at high population densities are called locusts. Grasshoppers are easily confused with the other sub-order of Orthoptera, Ensifera (crickets), but are different in many aspects, such as the number of segments in their antennae and structure of the ovipositor, as well as the location of the tympana and modes of sound production. In some countries in Africa, grasshoppers are an important food source, as are other insects, adding proteins and fats to the daily diet, especially in times of food crisis. They are often used in soup. In some countries in the Middle East, grasshoppers are boiled in hot water with salt, left in the sun to dry then eaten as snacks.