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Grasshoppers & Crickets

Crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids are included in the Order Orthoptera.  The name Orthoptera means straight wings.  Although some species in this Order have very small or non-existant wings, most have two pairs with the front pair being relatively straight.  The front pair usually covers and protects the hind pair when the insect is at rest.

The insects of this Order are quite musical.  The males of most crickets, katydis, and some grasshoppers generate a sound to attract females by rubbing a set of tiny pegs on one forewing over a file set in the other forewing.


     Lubber Grasshopper