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Acrididae (Short-horned Grasshoppers)

This family of grasshoppers are mostly day active and feed on a variety of plants. They are very diverse and is found in equally diverse habitats. Their diversity is based on where they grow up. Some develop into a solitary grasshopper while others develop into very gregarious and voracious grasshoppers that have been given the name of locusts. If the grasshopper is crowded, their behavior, even color and physiology can change into the gregarious locust version. The noncrowded ones develop into the “normal” grasshopper.

This family has several subfamilies with common names: Band-winged grasshoppers, Slant-faced grasshoppers or Tooth-legged, Shield-back grasshoppers, Cone-headed grasshoppers, Spur-throated grasshoppers, and Bird grasshoppers.

Known predators are small mammals, wasps, ants, praying mantis, and birds.

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