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Spot ID Characters for the Family



Key Characters:

  • Antennae shorter than body
  • Pronotum covers only the thorax
  • Tarsi three-segmented -- often with a conspicuous pad (arolium) between the claws
  • Tympanum on first abdominal segment (Click to zoom)

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Otherwise known as ‘short horned’ grasshoppers, Acrididae are abundant in meadows where they feed on plants.  Characteristic of the Orthoptera order, the males in this family will sing by rubbing a hind femur against the lower edge of their wing.  These creatures are easily recognizable by short antennae and a tympanum on each side of the first abdominal segment.