Meadow grasshopper on a twig (c) Derek Budd

Grasshoppers and crickets

Grasshoppers and crickets are part of an insect order called the Orthoptera, which also includes wetas and katydids. Most types are good at jumping, although some - such as the mole cricket - cannot jump. Juvenile orthopterans are miniature copies of the adults, except that they lack functional wings.

Scientific name: Orthoptera

Rank: Order

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Distribution

The Grasshoppers and crickets can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Australia, Europe, North America, South America, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Arthropods
  4. Insects
  5. Grasshoppers and crickets

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