Common Name:  Grasshoppers

Description:  Otherwise known as ‘short horned’ grasshoppers, Acrididae are abundant in meadows where they feed on plants. Characteristic of the Orthoptera order, the males in this family will sing by rubbing a hind femur against the lower edge of their wing. These creatures are easily recognizable by short antennae and a tympanum on each side of the first abdominal segment.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Tarsi three-segmented — often with a conspicuous pad (arolium) between the claws
  2. Tympanum on first abdominal segment
  3. Antennae shorter than body
  4. Pronotum covers the thorax

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Order:  Orthoptera