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nymph of Tettigonia viridissima (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Richard Bartz
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Laubheuschrecken
• English: long-horned grasshoppers
bush crickets
• Español: saltamontes longicornios
• Français: sauterelles

Tettigoniidae - (long-horned grasshoppers)

The family contains more than 6,000 species of grasshopper-like insects which are characterized, among others, by the long antennae (typically longer than the body), the 4-segmented tarsi, the presence of stridulation organs on the hind wings of males and often a sword-like ovipositor in females. Some species are flightless.

The family is less important as pests, compared to the short-horned grasshoppers. However, some species, like the Mormon cricket can cause serious outbreaks.

The following genera are currently entered under Tettigoniidae: