'Do you hear the grasshopper which is at your feet?'
'Old Man, how is it that you hear these things?'
'Young Man, how is it that you do not?'

- from the movie Kung Fu

"Orthoptera" means "Straight-wing".

Orthopterans have forewings thickened into a "tegmen". Their hind wings are folded fanwise when not used for flight. They have enlarged hind legs, chewing mouthparts,·and large compound eyes. Many (males) produce sounds for courtship through stridulation of body parts. The species that produce sound usually have auditoory organs called tympanum or their bodies or legs.
Orthopterans have incomplete metamorphosis (egg, nymph, adult). Most overwinter as eggs in untilled soil. There are usually 1 or 2 generations per year.

Grasshoppers - Suborder Caelifera - Short-horned orthoptera
Katydids and Crickets - Suborder Ensifera - Long-horned orthoptera

Gray bird grasshopper - Schistocerca nitens

70 photos
Gray bird grasshopper - Schistocerca nitens

Pallid-winged Grasshopper - Trimerotropis pallidipennis

14 photos
Pallid-winged Grasshopper - Trimerotropis pallidipennis

Painted meadow grasshopper - Chimarocephalia pacifica

4 photos
Painted meadow grasshopper - Chimarocephalia pacifica

Saussure's Desert Grasshopper - Derotmema saussureanum

2 photos
Saussure's Desert Grasshopper - Derotmema saussureanum

Saussure's Blue-winged Grasshopper - Leprus intermedius

2 photos
Saussure's Blue-winged Grasshopper - Leprus intermedius

Devastating Grasshopper - Melanoplus devastator

1 photos
Devastating Grasshopper - Melanoplus devastator

Grayish sagebrush grasshopper - Melanoplus cinereus

5 photos
Grayish sagebrush grasshopper - Melanoplus cinereus

Yarrow's grasshopper - Melanoplus yarrowii

2 photos
Yarrow's grasshopper - Melanoplus yarrowii

Texas range grasshopper - Psoloessa texana

2 photos
Texas range grasshopper - Psoloessa texana

Trailside grasshopper - Lactista gibbosus

1 photos
Trailside grasshopper - Lactista gibbosus

Graceful slant-face grasshopper - Chloealtis gracilis

1 photos
Graceful slant-face grasshopper - Chloealtis gracilis

Dragon lubber - Dracotettix monstrosus

2 photos
Dragon lubber - Dracotettix monstrosus

Fork-tailed bush katydid - Scudderia furcata

45 photos
Fork-tailed bush katydid - Scudderia furcata

Mexican bush katydid - Scudderia mexicana

6 photos
Mexican bush katydid - Scudderia mexicana

Mediterranean katydid - Phaneroptera nana

31 photos
Mediterranean katydid - Phaneroptera nana

Angle-wing katydids -Microcentrum sp.

8 photos
Angle-wing katydids -Microcentrum sp.

Tropical house cricket - Gryllodes supplicans

10 photos
Tropical house cricket - Gryllodes supplicans

European House Cricket - Acheta domesticus

1 photos
European House Cricket - Acheta domesticus

Field cricket - Gryllus sp.

3 photos
Field cricket - Gryllus sp.

Field cricket - Gryllus sp.

4 photos
Field cricket - Gryllus sp.

Prairie tree cricket - Oecanthus argentinus

2 photos
Prairie tree cricket - Oecanthus argentinus

Four-spotted tree cricket - Oecanthus quadripunctatus

6 photos
Four-spotted tree cricket - Oecanthus quadripunctatus

Jerusalem cricket - Stenopelmatus sp.

13 photos
Jerusalem cricket - Stenopelmatus sp.

Camel cricket - Ceuthophilus sp.

4 photos
Camel cricket - Ceuthophilus sp.

Ant cricket - Myrmecophilus sp.

1 photos
Ant cricket - Myrmecophilus sp.