Grasshopper or Locust
Location: Saint Lucia, West Indies
May 6, 2012 7:15 pm
I can’t figure out if this is a cricket, locust, or a grasshopper. It is about 3 in. long. It also makes a lot of chirping noises at sunset. Please help and thank you for your time!
Signature: Clueless in Castries
Dear Clueless in Castries,
You are not that clueless. True locusts are grasshoppers and Grasshoppers belong to the order Orthoptera. This Katydid is also in the order Orthoptera. It is distinguished from a grasshopper by its much longer antennae, though it appears to be standing on its antennae rather and having them extended forward.