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Feeding on only one kind of food: monophagous grasshoppers.

mo·noph′a·gy (-ə-jē) n.

monophagism, monophagy

the tendency to f eed on a single type of food. — monophagous, adj.
See also: Food and Nutrition
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Despite the frequent occurrence of monophagy or oligophagy among insect herbivores, there is considerable survival advantage in being able to adjust the diet, or adapt to differing availabilities of hosts, by being polyphagous.
Some fungus feeding species tend toward monophagy (Hackman & Meiander, 1979).
Considering the patchy distribution of the hosts of Ciidae, the existence of strong selection against specialization, particularly monophagy, can be expected to be operating.