A Selection of Grasshoppers and Crickets
Arizona's Sycamore Canyons

Water in the arid and semiarid regions of Arizona is often concentrated along narrow canyons draining from the high mountains. With a great variety of grasses and other plants these riparian corridors support a great diversity of insects. The greatest abundance and diversity are to be found in spring, March to May, and again in late summer, July to September, after the summer rains.

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Melanoplus aridus

Arid Lands Grasshopper

Well concealed grasshopper feeds often within shrubs. Yellow and gray with black markings. Flies well, More ...

Three-banded Grasshopper

Three-banded Grasshopper

Three dark bands on each lateral surface distinguish this pale gray hopper. More ...

Oak Leaf Grasshopper

Oak Leaf Grasshopper

Looks so much like a dead oak leaf that predators ignore this insect. More ...

Montezuma Grasshopper

Montezuma Grasshopper

Notice the slanted face and the patterns on the top of the thorax and just behind eyes. Base color is highly variable. More ...

common short winged katydid

Short-winged Katydid

Bright green with white lines/marks. Long hair-like antennae and strong jumping legs. More ...

Field Cricket

Field Cricket

Nocturnal insect famous for males' chirping. A number of species possible in our riparian woodlands. More ...

Ground Cricket

Ground Cricket

Small, secretive crickets that inhabit cavities near the soil surface. More ...


Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons


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