Saturday, October 13, 2012


Order Orthoptera

Grasshoppers and crickets form this order. This order also includes mole crickets, locusts and katydids. They are most well-known for their ability to jump long distances compared to their body length1.

Short-horned Grasshoppers (Suborder Caelifera)2

Mating Javanese Grasshoppers (Valanga nigricornis), the largest grasshopper species in Singapore, at Botanic Gardens ©Tan KH

Traulia azureipennis at Rifle Range. Phaesticus insularis at Mandai ©Eddy Lee

Apalacris varicornis at Neo Tiew area ©Tan KH. Xenocatantops humilis ©Eddy Lee

Euparatettix sp. Rifle Range. Erianthus sp. at Chestnut Trail ©Eddy Lee

Botanic Gardens ©Sylvia Chua

Oxya japonica at Botanic Gardens ©Sylvia Chua

©Eddy Lee. Mandai Orchid Garden ©Lau SY

Aiolopus thalassinus at East Coast ©Sylvia Chua and Tuas ©Tan KH

Bukit Panjang ©Eddy Lee

Crickets, Katydids and Mole Crickets (Suborder Ensifera)3

Cricket at Dairy Farm ©Eddy Lee

Cricket at Pulau Punggol ©Tan KH

Long-horned Grasshoppers (Family Tettigoniidae)

Male Nisitrus vittatus4: ©Tan GC. Bukit Batok Nature Park ©Melvin Dionio

Nisitrus vittatus nymph at Sungei Buloh ©Tan KH

Short-winged Conehead. Long-winged Conehead ©Eddy Lee

Katydids: Dairy Farm. Rifle Range. ©Eddy Lee

Katydid nymph ©Eddy Lee

Mole Crickets (Family Gryllotalpidae)

Woodlands ©Tan KH

Leaf-rolling crickets (Family Gryllacrididae)

Sungei Buloh ©Tan KH


1. How to recognize crickets, katydids, and cicadas
2. Orthoptera in the BTNR and CCNR (part 2): Suborder Caelifera
3. Orthoptera in the BTNR and CCNR (part 2): Suborder Ensifera
4. A taxonomic review of common but little known crickets from Singapore and the Philippines (Iinsecta: Orthoptera: Eneopterinae)

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