Grasshoppers & Crickets – Orthoptera Pictures & Bio

Orthoptera means straight wings; ortho = straight, ptera = wings. These insects often have a pair of elongated and thickened forewings and a membranous hind pair.

Some Orthoptera are among the most destructive of insects, while others are most revered for their songs. This Order of insects include grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, and katydids.

Spur-Throated Grasshopper

This Melanoplus grasshopper from the Owens Valley in California was baking in the early morning sun prior to a busy day of plant eating. Read More

Pallid-Winged Grasshopper Trimeritropis pallidipennis

A California camouflage specialist, this grasshopper can be very hard to spot against the tiny granite chips of a dry river bed. Read More

Short-Horned Grasshopper (Melanoplus spp.)

Melanoplus is an extensive genus of Short Horned Grasshopper. Several species can become serious pests to grass crops. Read More

Brazilian Short-Horned Grasshopper

As a ground dweller feeding on organic material on the forest floor, this Brazilian grasshopper come equipped with formidable spines lining the tibia of the powerful hind legs. Read More

Monkey Grasshopper

With few visible flowering plants in tropical rainforests, insect have been named the flowers of the jungle. Read More

Ecuadorian Walking Stick Mimic Proscopia spp.

Bearing a remarkable similarity to a walking stick, this Ecuadorian Grasshopper group possesses thickened hind femora and a very stylized head. Read More