Order - ORTHOPTERA
(Greek, orthos = straight; pteron = wing)
Common Names: grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, katydids
Distribution: Cosmopolitan


Description
Although the ordinal name Orthoptera has been used in many different ways over the years, it now normally refers only to the grasshoppers and crickets. These are familiar insects with parchment-like forewings, and almost always with an ability to jump using enlarged hind legs. The examples chosen  here are the Texas Toothpick Grasshopper, a Mole Cricket, and a Field Cricket.

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