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Family: Acrididae (grasshoppers and locusts)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Polyneoptera > Anartioptera > Orthopterida > Orthoptera

The common large grasshopper found in Cape gardens Acanthacris ruficornis (photo. N. Larsen).

 

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 incorrect.

 

 


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