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Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids and Locusts • Orthoptera
The order Orthoptera — which means ‘straight wings’ — encompass a group of insects commonly known as grasshoppers, crickets, katydids and locusts.

It is thought that Australia has approximately 3,000 species of orthopterans, with some measuring up to 12 cm in body length.

One of the abilities of this group of insect is their ability to produce sounds by rubbing together certain parts of their body, known as ‘stridulation’. It is usually the males that produce the sound to attract females, although in some species the female can also produce sound.

Source: CSIRO - Insects and their Allies, Orthoptera: grasshoppers and locusts
Australian Museum - Grasshoppers, crickets, katydids and locusts
 and Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia - Orthoptera

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.

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Alice Springs (Central Australia), Northern Territory, Australia.
Grasshoppers in Central Australia.

Grasshoppers, Locusts, Katydids, Crickets • Other links

Australian Museum
• Grasshoppers, crickets, katydids and locusts: Order Orthoptera
Life Unseen
• A fantastic site on all those small creepy-crawly things. Plenty of images including grasshoppers, crickets and katydids.
CSIRO Entomology
• Orthoptera: grasshoppers and locusts
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