The Caelifera are a family of herbivorous insects of the order Orthoptera, commonly called grasshoppers in English. Although the family includes more species, this article is mostly about grasshoppers. Grasshoppers can jump long distances with their powerful hind legs and most are also capable of flight. Swarming grasshoppers are called locusts. Real grasshoppers have short antennae. “Grasshoppers” with antennae that are as long as or longer than their body, are in fact bush crickets or katydids.In many places around the world, grasshoppers are eaten as a good source of protein. Supposedly, some countries instruct military personnel to collect grasshoppers to eat as a food source.When populations of certain species of Short-horned grasshoppers of the family Acrididae grow too big, its members start swarming and transform into locusts. Locust swarms are known to cause massive damage to crops.













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