My children can spend hours scouring the countryside for grasshoppers... or are they crickets? Well, it would depend on what time of the day it is. Here are just a few quick facts to help tell the difference.
Crickets are nocturnal (out at night) while the grasshopper is diurnal or out during the day.
Crickets have long antennae while a grasshoppers are shorter.
(Some people mistake Katydids for grasshoppers but the long antennae show they are more closely related to the cricket.)
Grasshoppers are herbivores (yes and the cause for all the damage to my plants with their healthy plant-eating appetites) while the crickets are omnivores and will eat almost anything including plant decay, grass, seedlings and meat.
Crickets have even been known to eat other crickets. Yuck! Tiny cannibals.
|grasshopper in captivity|
Next time my children go looking for grasshoppers, we can call it dinner. Hmmm... surprisingly my son declined.
*disclaimer: I am not an entomologist (one who studies insects) but curious about bugs. No grasshoppers were harmed during this experiment but released back into the wild and most likely consumed by one of our many resident spiders.
labels: kids in the Adirondacks, insect, nature detective, difference between crickets and grasshoppers.