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Catalina Island Conservancy




Photo by Dr. Carlos de la Rosa
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November 2007

JUMP! CATALINA'S GRASSHOPPERS, CRICKETS and KATYDIDS
Things are hoppin' on Catalina. Find out what they are

On warm summer nights, the songs of crickets and katydids are like the soft background music of life in the interior. Even in Avalon, crickets and katydids can be heard at night, calling their mates for the eternal ritual of reproduction.

There are several interesting species of crickets, grasshoppers and katydids on Catalina Island, including at least one endemic species and several species still waiting to receive a proper name.

They all belong to the order Orthoptera, a name that comes from the Greek "orquo" meaning "straight" and "ptera" meaning wing. Thus, the orthopterans are insects with straight wings, an apt description for at least a few species in this group.

More often heard than seen, grasshoppers, crickets and katydids are an important part of the ecological balance of the Island.

Come with us and explore a few of the most common (and a couple very uncommon) species of Catalina's orthopterans.

Jump! Now...