Grasshoppers

Tropodacris dux, the Giant grasshopper

Tropodacris dux, the Giant grasshopper

The Giant grasshopper, above, is found in Central and South America. Its wingspan can reach 26 cm., and in flight it is sometimes mistaken for a bird. The bright orange underwings can be flashed to startle predators and allow the insect a chance to escape.

Sanaa imperialis, the Emperor grasshopper

Sanaa imperialis, the Emperor grasshopper

Tropical grasshopper Titanacris sp.

Tropical grasshopper in the Titanacris genus

Above is a beautiful tropical grasshopper in the Titanacris genus.

Differences between grasshoppers and crickets

Feature Grasshoppers Crickets
Antennae Short, relatively thick Long and thin
Hearing Organs located each side of abdomen near where it joins the thorax On the hindmost leg

Below is a grasshopper head giving the names of the mouthparts etc.

grasshopper head diagram

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