Family: Acrididae (grasshoppers and locusts)
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The common large grasshopper found in Cape gardens Acanthacris ruficornis (photo.
An unidentified grasshopper photographed on the fringes of Newlands
Forest, Cape Peninsula (photo. H. Robertson).
The majority of non-colourful grasshopper species fall within the family Acrididae. If
the grasshopper is very colourful it is probably a pyrgomorphid.
The acridids include the locusts which are a select group of grasshoppers that are able to
pass into a swarming phase subject to the right environmental conditions. Large,
non-swarming, grasshoppers are often loosely referred to as locusts which is
(Brown Locust) - important pest locust species in South Africa.