Grasshoppers & Crickets (Orthoptera)

Greek "ortho" (straight) + "ptera" (wings)
Orthoptera includes grasshoppers, crickets, locusts, and katydids. They are all herbivores, and can be quite destructive as in the case of locusts. Their back legs have been adapted for jumping. They have two pairs of wings - thick but slender fore wings lie over the back, protecting the membranous fan-shaped hind wings. Many species of Orthoptera can make whirring or chirping sounds by rubbing wings or legs together.

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Jerusalem Cricket
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Quick ID

  • Jumping hind legs
  • May have ovipositor at hind end

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