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.

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.
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.
Short-Horned Grasshopper (Melanoplus spp.)
Melanoplus is an extensive genus of Short Horned Grasshopper. Several species can become serious pests to grass crops.
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.
Short Horned Grasshopper
This young grasshopper lacks the fully developed wings of an adult. They have visible tympanic membranes for hearing located on the side of their abdomen.
Young Short Horned Grasshopper
Long held as a symbol of thriving prosperity and even believed to be an aphrodisiac, katydids lay numerous eggs.
Monkey Grasshopper
With few visible flowering plants in tropical rainforests, insect have been named the flowers of the jungle.
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.