Categories » Grasshoppers, Katydids & Crickets

Order: Orthoptera Derived from the Greek "ortho" meaning straight and "ptera" meaning wing, refers to the parallel-sided structure of the front wings. Most are omniversou, grazing on plants but also scavenging dead insects, while others can also take live prey or engage in cannibalism!* Many of these insects also produce sounds. Male grasshoppers rub the inside of their back thighs, while male crickets and katydids have modified front wings which they rub together, called stridulating, and are designed not only to produce but also amplify sound. In order to hear these unique sounds, crickets and katydids have ears on on the tibia of their front legs, while grasshoppers house theirs on the sides of the front of their abdomen.


Longhorn Band-winged Grasshopper:
Subfamily Oedipodinae, widespread in summer and fall in sandy situations

Marsh Meadow Grasshopper:
Family Acrididae, Part of the slant-faced grasshopper group, their heads look pointy and chinless.

Red-legged Locust : Family Acrididae, has a reddish-brown back, a yellow belly, and red hind legs.

Shieldbacked Grasshopper:
Genus Atlanticus, also listed as Shield-backed Katydid, arghh... it's well armored.

Short-winged Green Grasshopper
Family Acrididae, may be green or brown colored

Sulphur-winged Grasshopper:
Subfamily Oedipodinae, found in spring and midsummer in a variety of dry habitats

Two-striped Grasshopper:
Subfamily Melanoplinae, the Sput-throated Grasshoppers, found in thick low growth in summer and fall.

Baby Grasshoppers:
Just some major cuties in minor packages

There is a purplish pink one that you must check out!


Fork-tailed Katydid:
Genus Scudderia, aka bush katydids, this species is common coast to coast, border to border.

Oblong-winged Katydid:
Genus Amblycorypha, round headed katydids, common throughout eastern US except Florida. Check out its mating call in my video here.

Round-tipped Conehead:
Genus Neoconocephalus aka coneheads for obvisou reasons, sings late afternoons and eves August to October.

Scudders Bush Katydid:
Genus Scudderia, Subfamily Phaneropterinae (False Katydids). Can't find much about them but boy their nymphs are cute.

True Katydid:
Family Tettigoniidae, famed singer of "katy did, katy didn't". Poor fliers, they glide instead tree to tree.

Shieldbacked Katydid:
Genus Atlanticus, also listed as Shield-backed Grasshopper, arghh... it's well armored.

Katydid Nymphs:
So excited when I found my first one, next outing I saw them everywhere. So crazy and cute looking they need their own gallery.

ID ME Just taking you back to the baby ones because those are tricker to ID


Field Crickets:
Family Gryllidae, complex songsters with love songs to woo and rivalry ones to ward off competition. Abundant under stones, boards, debris.

Tree Crickets:
Family Gryllidae, also part of the celebrated group of songsters, includes Snowy (aka Temperature cricket) and Black Horned.


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