Class : Insecta
Order : Orthoptera ; Latreille, 1793
Suborder : Ensifera
Superfamily : Tettigonioidea
Family : Tettigoniidea
Distribution : Worldwide
Size : 9 – 80 mm ( 3/8 – 3 1/4 In )
There are around 6,800 different bush crickets species, found in many different part of the world. These interesting insects are also known as ‘ katydids ‘ in some regions. Although they look very similar to grasshopper, bush crickets can usually be distinguished from them by the length of their antennae, which are typically longer than the body. Indeed, these creatures used to be known as ‘ longhorned grasshopper ‘, due to their long, thread like antennae but bush cricket is actually a more appropriate name, clearly distinguishing them from their grasshopper cousins. As with the other orthopterans, the bush crickets undergo incomplete metamorphosis, progressing from egg to adult in small increments. While most species eat a variety of plant matter, some are accomplished predators, preying on anything they can catch and kill, including other insects as well as small vertebrates. Although most bush crickets have a little economic significance, a few species such as the Mormon cricket ( Anabrus simplex ), can become numerous enough to become a major agricultural pest.