Members of the Order Orthoptera are diverse, including those commonly known as grasshoppers, crickets, katydids and locusts; many of which are capable of flying and are thus widely distributed throughout the world. These insects rely heavily on sound and vibration to locate individuals, particularly for mating.
Some of the characteristics of Orthopterans include a long and strong hindlegs (for jumping), large compound eyes, mandibulate mouthparts (for chewing), wings and stridulation organs (which produce sound).
Orthopteroid species undergo incomplete metamorphosis and consist of three stages- eggs, nymphs and adults.
Read on for more details on these fascinating creatures:
** Identification of the subjects in this page are tentative and should be taken with a pinch of salt.