Where does grasshopper come from game of thrones

Where does grasshopper come from game of thrones

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Grasshopper’s dimensions: Length 12cm

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Grasshopper’s dimensions: width 7cm

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Hummingbird’s dimensions: length 25cm

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Hummingbird’s dimensions: width 10cm

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery

Grasshopper & Hummingbird Embroidery by Michele Carragher (c) MCE 2014


Thai-Fried Grasshoppers

Deep in the heart of Bangkok’s red-light district, our intrep >

Subject: Thai-Fried Grasshoppers

Species name: Caelifera siamese

Habitat: Theoretically speaking, you could make a stir-fry using just about anything currently burrowing in your garden (or under your sink), but the world capital of insect consumption must be Thailand, especially in the northeastern Ubon province, near the Cambodian border. Here, as The New York Times once attested, the impoverished locals will happily fry up anything on six legs in pursuit of inexpensive protein, including ants, scorpions, crickets, silkworms, and the tasty larvae of all of the above. I found my sample, however, in a pushcart parked in the middle of the Soi Cowboy, one of Bangkok’s more notorious red-light districts, from which a young man was filling small plastic bags with the crispy critters of one’s choice.

Origin: Humans have always eaten bugs (as our cousins the chimps still do on occasion), but it took the Greeks and the Romans to raise the practice to culinary art form. Aristotle jotted notes on the best times to harvest cicadas, while Pliny the Elder mentioned in his writings that well-to-do Romans preferred beetle larvae cultivated on flour and wine. A few thousand years later, a superintendent on the Pony Express observed the Paiute tribe herding crickets into trenches filled with straw that was then set ablaze. These days, winged termites are a staple in Ghana, dragonflies are a delicacy in Bali, the agave worm is still big in Mexico, I hear. But maybe only the Thais consume insects as bar snacks.

Description: Grasshoppers and their kin are typically fried in oil and then seasoned — in my case with a combination of chili powder and an evil-looking orange solution applied as a mist from a spray bottle. “Don’t eat the legs,” a fellow customer warned me, so instead I gripped them as one would hold a toothpick skewering an hors d’oeuvre. Literally fried to a crisp, the grasshopper’s skin cracked and popped beneath my teeth like popcorn kernels. Somewhat depressingly, the flavor had been reduced to whatever had been sprayed on it — there was a hint of heat from the chilis, but otherwise it just tasted vaguely meaty — and certainly wasn’t delicious enough to overcome my lingering American squeamishness at eating bugs. I discarded most of the bag in the trashcan of my hotel bathroom, which proceeded to stink like rancid McDonald’s over the next two days.

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Can Game of Thrones still be saved, by the finale? What can they do and what should they avoid to make it happen?

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Saved? Why ever on earth does this show we have all come to love need saving?

This damsel is not in distress. And the bell has not tolled on her just yet.

All those precious darlings who named their daughters khaleesi are crying foul because they’ll never be able to look at their little angels the same again but make no mistake to the astute eye Dany was always going to raze kings landing to the ground and embrace her inner mama dragon.

Admittedly the dialogue in places could have used some work and arya ex machina and her dragon forged plot armour have struck once again but don’t let that detract from the fact that this season has been shot beautifully, the musical score has been on point and Danys arc is finally exactly where George envisioned it would be.

Is the show perfect? No but that hasn’t stopped us from loving it in the past. Did the show need saving after the Dornish debacle? No we just revelled in the beauty and spectacle of hardhome.

Did the show need saving after Eurons fascination with the fact he has a cock? No we continued to immerse ourselves in the world of westeros and get lost in this epic saga that head captivated the the whole world.

Sure the battle for winterfell was a bit dark and danys forces magically reanimated as though she pulled her best night king impression but we’ve always been willing to overlook the shows propensity to go fast and loose with logistics.

In the past we overlooked the fact Tyrion, the ‘smartest character’ in the show is a fucking idiot. We’ve overlooked Danys tendency to waken the dragon inside because #girlpower and we’ve ignored the fact Jon’s a dumbass because he looked cool doing it.

We’ve ignored these characters flaws and simply enjoyed the beauty and spectacle that is/was game of thrones in the past. Come next week when everyones gushing over how badass Arya Mary sueing another elemental Royal into oblivion and the seven kingdoms are torn asunder remember this; just because some fan girls are crying because what they predicted hasn’t come true certainly does not mean that game of thrones needs saving.


‘Game of Thrones’: Eight Questions That May Finally Be Answered

With two episodes left before the series ends, here are eight questions we hope are finally answered.

T he end is coming for the eighth-and-final season of Game of Thrones, and before the iconic HBO series wraps up, there a few questions that the series should answer, like what’s next for Arya, who does the Jon Snow’s story end, and will we ever see what the Mountain’s face looks like?

If Arya Survives Game of Thrones, What Will She Do Next?

Arya and the letter in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7

Arya Stark spent most of the series reciting her kill list every night before she went to bed, and her training as a Faceless Man was all in the pursuit of killing characters like Ilyn Payne, the Mountain, and Cersei Lannister. Arya made it clear by rejecting Gendry Baratheon’s proposal in Episode 4 that she’ll never be a “Lady.” What will “a girl” do once her list is complete? She won’t take any traditional political position like Sansa or Jon, so it seems likely she might return to Braavos or turn professional assassin at the end of the series. No matter what, her ultimate fate will be one of the more interesting to see play out. (Corey Plante)

Will the Monarchy Persist in Westeros After Game of Thrones Ends?

Cersei Lannister in ‘Dragonstone’

Whatever happened to Daenerys Targaryen’s rant about wanting to “break the wheel”? At the end of Season 6, she talked about how the shuffling power dynamics between the great houses of Westeros functioned like a wheel. “This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground,” she said. This moment speaks to Dany’s desire to end the cycle of violence and oppression of the commoners. It also kind of sounds like she wants to burn down the existing system to build something new out of the ashes. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of many people hoping that Game of Thrones might end by establishing democracy in Westeros. Maybe the only happy ending is to destroy the Iron Throne, free the Seven Kingdoms, and allow the people of Westeros to rule themselves? (Corey Plante)

What Will Happen to Jon Snow After Game of Thrones Ends?

Jon Snow in ‘Eastwatch’

Jon Snow is a man who has never been that sure about his place in the world. In Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season, Jon learns about his true identity as Aegon Targaryen but struggles with its implications on Daenerys’s claim to the Iron Throne. Dany has already asked Jon to hide his identity. It seems like Jon is poised to give up his claim and let someone else take over as king or queen, but what does that mean for Jon if he survives the Battle at King’s Landing? Could he return to the North and resurrect the Night’s Watch? Would he retreat to Winterfell? Will he leave Westeros for good and set his sights on a new part of the world? Right now, your guess is as good as ours. (Allie Gemmill)

Does the Wall Need to Be Rebuilt After Game of Thrones Ends?

The wall in ‘Game of Thrones’

With the Night King defeated and the White Walkers (presumably) gone for good, is there really a need for a Wall in Westeros? The Night King used Viserion to bring down a sizeable chunk of the Wall in the Season 7 finale, decimating the Night’s Watch in the process and leaving the surviving members of the Night’s Watch to get picked off at the Battle of Winterfell. But with one of the biggest threats the Wall was protecting against now gone and harmony between Westerosi citizens and Wildlings intact (as symbolized by Jon Snow and Tormund’s friendship), is there a need for a Wall? Will the final episode of Game of Thrones tease a new threat worthy of rebuilding the Wall to protect Westeros once more? (Allie Gemmill)

Does Daario Still Exist?

Everyone’s favorite sellsword hasn’t been seen since Season 6 when Daenerys ordered Daario Naharis to stay put in Essos while she sailed to Westeros with the rest of her crew. 11 episodes later, we still haven’t heard much of anything about the once-important character, but is it possible he could still make a last minute appearance? Dany could definitely use some help in the fight against Cersei, so maybe Daario will swoop in just in time. At the very least, we hope the final episode offers fans a bit of closure on the character and, more broadly, the legacy Daenerys left behind in Essos. (Jacob Kleinman)

What Does the Mountain’s Zombified Face Look Like?

Will we ever see the Mountain’s face?

Ever since his resurrection from near-death, Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane has hid his decaying face behind a large iron helmet. Is it just me, or do we all want to know what he looks like under there? Hopefully, with #Clegane Bowl all but a certainty, we’ll finally get a look at the Mountain’s zombified face after the Hound cuts his head clean off. (Jacob Kleinman)

Are the Wildlings and Dothraki Really Gone?

The Dothraki horde. Most — all? — would die in The Battler of Winterfell.

Much of Game of Thrones was about unification, not just of the Seven Kingdoms and its gossipy houses but of the world outside the North. The Wildlings being willing to fight for Winterfell was the payoff for Jon Snow’s long, difficult journey as a ranger for the Night’s Watch. But now that that’s over, my question is: Really? Are we really to expect the Wildlings were totes okay with hustling all the dang way to Winterfell, sacrifice their people, and then peace out? I don’t care if the free folk don’t fight in “The Last War” — they wouldn’t do well in the summer. But it is ridiculous that they’re not even maintaining some presence in either Stark HQ or Castle Black.

Ditto for the Dothraki. While the Dothraki horde were (unceremoniously) wiped out by the Night King’s undead army, there’s still at least a handful of Dothraki remaining. Same question: Are they really just gonna go out as an extinct culture? They seem ready to gear up and fight to their last breath on behalf of Daenerys, who is the entire reason why their numbers have depressingly dwindled. Stick around and make babies, y’all! Game of Thrones needs more diversity in its gene pool. (Eric Francisco)

How Long Will Winter Last?

I’m going to come right out and say it: At some point, winter stopped making sense. “Winter Is Coming” started as a cool narrative device that made the Starks come off as the cautious, paranoid ant while the rest of Game of Thrones were hot-headed grasshoppers.

But with winter technically having passed after the White Walkers, well — is it still winter?

The obvious answer is yes, of course. And in some ways, the worst is still yet to come. (I fully expect the war against King’s Landing to be a brutal one.) But also, is it though?


Warm Up With Cersei’s Poison at This Outdoor ‘Game of Thrones’ Pop-Up In Boston

Hosted by the Precinct Kitchen + Bar, the creative dining and drinking experience runs through the end of the month.

If you think a trip to Finland’s Ice Hotel is a bit too real (and far), you can find a taste of Winterfell right on the east coast.

The Loews Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay Precinct Kitchen + Bar has turned their outdoor patio into an immersive tribute to HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. Opening earlier this week, their “Winter Is Coming” pop-up offers patrons a chance to transport themselves to one of the show’s most recognizable destinations while enjoying a rather large and creative themed-menu.

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According to Nerdist, that includes dishes such as “Mussels by Arya,” “Chicken Littlefingers,” “A Burger Has No Name,” and the “Direwolf Charcuterie Platter.” There is also an extensive special drink menu to help warm you up while you’re hanging out in “the North.” Drinks are given clever names, such as Beyond the Wall, a mix of Bourbon, maple, and ginger, and Smoke of the Dragon’s Breath—a smoked cocktail featuring Gosling’s Rum, mezcal, sweet vermouth, simple syrups, and bitters. You could also try something with a little extra figurative bite, including the Vodka-based Cersei’s Poison or The Red Wedding, a hot mulled wine which can be served in special souvenir cupware fit for a King or Queen of Westeros.

As you drink and dine, you’ll be surrounded by themed decor, some of which you can even wear. Banners featuring a giant weirwood tree and The Wall hang outside, as two thrones sit draped in fake fur in front of a House Stark banner. If you’re more of a House Lannister or Daenerys Targaryen admirer, no worries, you can also snap a photo in front of decorations that pay homage to them. And if that wasn’t enough, while you enjoy your meal and drinks at one of the fur-lined and haystack patio tables, expect to hear the show’s soundtrack playing in the background.


How a remarkable native insect is being saved

Brachaspis robustus, the robust grasshopper, has only ever been seen in the Tekapo, Pūkākī and Ōhau river catchments in the Mackenzie Basin. Photo/Tara Murray.

Principles of bird conservation are helping to save another remarkable native you’ve never heard of.

“The truth is that we need invertebrates but they don’t need us. If human beings were to disappear tomorrow, the world would go on with little change. But if invertebrates were to disappear, I doubt that the human species could live more than a few months.”

Hold the fly spray! These are the unseen cogs of the natural world. They pollinate plants, feed animals and dispose of the dead, fertilising soil in the process. Without them, our dirt would die and be covered with animal shit – and our birds would starve. So would we.

Although it has been estimated that there are some 200 million insects for every human alive today, many species are in a spot of bother. Insects are hard to catch and count, so the truth is, hard data is often missing or imperfect. Recent claims of an “insectageddon” within the year are hyperbole. Yet many insect populations appear to be crashing – just like those of countless larger animals that are easier to study.

You have permission to worry.

In New Zealand, 12 species of invertebrate (that we know of) have followed nine species of moa, the world’s largest eagle, the world’s largest gecko, and others into oblivion.

The most recent extinction is probably that of the Eyrewell ground beetle, a shiny, black, flightless creature last seen in 2005. Despite eight years of pleading by the Department of Conservation, Ngāi Tahu Farming converted the beetle’s one known habitat – a single pine plantation called Eyrewell Forest – to dairy pasture. The last gleaming Holcaspis brevicula likely met its end in a wood shredder.

“People just don’t seem to get that insects are important,” says entomologist and conservationist Tara Murray, a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury. “They have so many functional roles, not the least of which is being food for all those cute birds.”

The endangered Canterbury grasshopper Sigaus minutus may be among the first to benefit from strategies learned in the conservation of the robust grasshopper. Photo/Tara Murray

Murray is interested in looking after our most-threatened insects, those clinging onto life with a micropterous (undersized) wing and a prayer. “These species may have lost their individual role as ecological service providers, but are incredibly important as they represent the tip of the mass extinction iceberg,” she says.

To battle further extinctions, Murray exploits the principles of bird conservation she learned at an early age. Her father was a ranger for the old Wildlife Service, and the family lived on the West Coast before moving to Twizel. As a child, Murray was a keen volunteer at the kakī (black stilt) captive breeding facility near Twizel.

“Most of the threats to insects are the same as those to other species – habitat fragmentation, introduced predators and weeds. Insects benefit when we remove these threats for the protection of other species, but we rarely initiate them specifically to protect insects.”

Murray didn’t have to look far for a suitable insect candidate. Close to the kakī’s Mackenzie Basin braided-river wading pools lives one of New Zealand’s most stunning insects: the robust grasshopper. Small populations, close to extinction, live in the Tekapo, Pūkākī and Ōhau river catchments. And nowhere else in the world.

“When you look at them up close, they are really quite amazing,” says Murray. “They are like little grey tanks, all short and squat with beautiful grey or rusty red ridges.”

PHD student Jennifer Schori searching for robust grasshoppers at the Tekapo Triangle in 2015. Photo/Courtney Hamblin.

If Game of Thrones ever needs to cast a grasshopper in fantasy armour (available in either riverstone grey, black or orange), Brachaspis robustus is a shoo-in. Murray now breeds these grasshoppers, aiming, one day, to release enough to ensure the species’ survival – the same principle that has saved the tīeke, the kakī and many other New Zealand birds.

The action takes place in Murray’s lab, – and also behind a 500m hedgehog- and stoat-proof fence within the “Tekapo Triangle”, an area of Crown land transferred to DoC last year.

Captive rearing requires a close understanding of the grasshopper’s life cycle, from sexual habits to egg laying and food preferences. B. robustus eggs, for instance, need low temperatures as a signal to hatch – a requirement, by the way, that makes them critically sensitive to a warming world. However Murray and her team have already learned enough to raise a generation of young “hoppers” to adulthood outside the lab. Although the fence cost funders Te Manahuna Aoraki (a large-scale conservation project launched last November with several sponsors) about $130,000, the insect’s size makes them relatively cheap to conserve.

The 500m hedgehog- and stoat-proof fence. Photo/Tara Murray.

Grasshopper feed doesn’t exactly break the bank. An adult female robust grasshopper – which at 38-42mm is almost twice the size of a male – gets through only a couple of leaves a day. “But if you give them a dandelion, they eat it in minutes.”

Many of the grasshoppers have been captured by Murray’s PhD students, including 26-year-old North Cantabrian Jennifer Schori. Her methods include the “grasshopper walk”: a bizarre technique requiring knee pads and a sharp eye.

“The most difficult part is spotting them, because they blend in with their surroundings so well,” she says. “We walk slowly, waving a foot low to the ground over the rocks in front before taking a step. When the foot throws a shadow over the ground it is often enough to disturb the grasshopper and make it hop. Usually you have to kneel as close as you can to the grasshopper without disturbing it – hence the knee pads – and then quickly cover it with a cupped hand.”

Newspaper reports that the robust grasshopper is a useless hopper are unfounded, says Murray. “They can actually jump, they just don’t land very well. On a hot day, an adult male can jump up to 1.5m, multiple times. Females are bulkier, so they don’t jump as far. These grasshoppers freeze as a first defence. If they do jump, it often ends as a back flop, belly flop or general ‘thock’ on the ground.”

Let’s hope Murray’s “team grasshopper” allows our handsome, dandelion-chomping belly-flopper to become a common sight on South Island river banks.

As a Canadian entomologist once said: “The world is rich in small wonders – but so poor in eyes that see them.”

PHD student Jennifer Schori giving a robust grasshopper an ID mark using a paint pen in the lab at University of Canterbury. Photo/Stephanie Galla.


  1. Only 1363 terrestrial insect species have been classified under the New Zealand Threat Classification System – but the total number in New Zealand is estimated to be more than 20,000, many unnamed. This means that not enough is known about 90-95% of our insect species to even assess how endangered they are.
  2. The robust grasshopper is one of 764 insects known to be threatened or at risk.
  3. DoC has only three insect specialists.
  4. All grasshoppers in New Zealand are endemic (meaning native and restricted to our shores) except the migratory locust, which is the only grasshopper in New Zealand to have wings capable of flight.
  5. Seventeen native grasshoppers have been named, seven others recognised, but many more species are likely to exist.
  6. Wētā are not grasshoppers, despite their genus name Deinacrida, literally “demon grasshopper”.
  7. Nearly all native New Zealand grasshoppers live in the South Island, are flightless – although they can hop – and silent. Many live in alpine regions.

SOURCE: University of Canterbury entomologist Tara Murray.

The hedgehog can decimate insect populations with a limited range.

The killer

The hedgehog is one of the most underrated killers of endangered native insects. “People just don’t realise how many there are out there and how many insects they hoover up,” says conservationist Tara Murray. “Our grasshoppers don’t sing like most of their international cousins. They smell. And robust grasshoppers are the insect equivalent of the kākāpō – they freeze.” The robust grasshopper has evolved superb camouflage to evade native birds swooping overhead. Unfortunately, their smell is a megaphone to introduced mammal pests such as hedgehogs. Unlike cats, hedgehogs will sweep a food patch, meaning that if they find a good resource, they will keep feeding there. This can decimate insect populations with a limited range.

This article was first published in the May 2019 issue of North & South.


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