Slant-faced Grasshopper

A slant-faced grasshopper, Acrididae, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Long extended head and face. Antennae flattened and wedge-shaped.

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Slant-faced Grasshopper

A grasshopper, possibly a Gomphocerinae, photo © Michael Plagens

Well-camouflaged grasshopper. Inhabits areas with open soil due to farming or grazing.

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Black Cotton Grasshopper

grasshopper of black cotton grasslands, Acrididae from Kajiado, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Exquisitely camouflaged to inhabit grasslands on black cotton soil. This is an adult female hopper.

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Grasshopper

grasshopper, Acrididae, photo © Michael Plagens

Handsome earthtones which hide the hopper well when it's perched on rocks or soil.

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Bird Grasshopper

Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca sp., Acrididae from Eldoret, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Large grasshoppers with long wings and related to the migratory Desert Locust. Dark brown stripe on prothorax.

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Bird Grasshopper #2

Schistocerca from Baringo, photo © Michael Plagens

Large grasshopper marked with light yellow-brown, dark brown and gray.

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Short-horned Grasshopper

small acrididae from Iten, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

I believe this is an adult female despite the small size and short wings.

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Savanna Grasshopper

grasshopper must hide in plain site photo © Michael Plagens

Notice the many fine stripes that serve to disguise the body and eyes. Found in open wooded savanna. The underwings are red.

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Disruptive Grasshopper

Disruptive Pattern Grasshopper, Acrididae, from Baringo, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Eyes? Are those eyes? Using shades of dark and light evolution has created perfect hiding patterns.

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Field Grasshopper

A field grasshopper, f. Acrididae, from Eldoret, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Well camouflaged grasshopper with shades of gray and brown that closely match the substrate. About 20 mm long.

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Gravel-marked Grasshopper

Acrididae of semiarid land, grasshopper, photo © Michael Plagens

Like the substrate this hopper of semi-arid country is marked by multicolored speckles resembling gravel.

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Band-winged Grasshopper

semiarid land grasshopper photo © Michael Plagens

The underwings are two-toned. This grasshopper prefers semi-arid habitats and is capable of extended, distance flights.

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Brow-Ridged Grasshopper

A a grasshopper from Menangai Crater, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

A raised ridge connecting the two eyes prompts my common name. Found at 2200 m. at Menangai Crater in mixed pasture-tree plantation.

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Pygmy Grasshopper

A short, stout grasshopper, Tetrigidae, from Kitale, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

A small, but fully grown grasshopper. Dark gray-brown and mottled.

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Phymateus Grasshopper

A stout grasshopper, Pyrgomorphidae, from Taita, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

A large, probably toxic (to birds) hopper. These young hoppers are gregarious. Adult is bright green.

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Pyrgomorph Grasshopper

Black and Yellow Pyrgomorphidae, photo © Michael Plagens

This grasshopper was found at 2400 m in Rift Valley. Its bright colors indicate toxicity to insect-eating birds.

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Pyrgomorph #3

colorful, probably toxic grasshopper from Kabarnet, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Gaudy grasshopper feeding on a heavily defended composite plant. Adults wingless.

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Milkweed Grasshopper

Armoured and toxic grasshopper from Eldoret, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Gaudy green and red grasshopper. Heavy bodied and lumbering. Ring of spines on thorax.

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Meadow Katydid

Tettigoniidae photo © Michael Plagens

Sometimes called long-horned grasshoppers because of the very long antennae. Varied color from brown to green.

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Conehead

A conenosed katydid from Iten from Iten, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Usually entirely green grasshopper-like with noticeable point at anterior of head. Long wings.

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Leaf Katydid

A Tettigoniidae from Marigat, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Leaf like and usually difficult to see. Comes to lights at night. Long fine antennae

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Leaf Katydid #2

A Leaf Katydid, Phaneropterinae, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Once drawn from its leafy realm by artificial lights a katydid is vulnerable to predation.

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Leaf Katydid #3

A male Leaf Katydid, Phaneropterinae, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Large, robust katydid from Kerio Valley. This one is clearly a male of the species.

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Katydid #4

A cricket-like Katydid, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Most katydids are compressed laterally whereas this one is dorsal- ventrally compressed.

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Katydid

A katydid from South Nandi, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Closely resembles a green leaf but can fly or jump away when the disguise is lost to a sharp-eyed bird or primate.

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Katydid #5

A dark green Tettigoniidae, Kakamega, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

There are many species of trees and shrubs at Kakamega and likewise many kinds of katydid!

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Ant-Mimic Katydid

Tettigoniidae, resembles an ant, photo © Michael Plagens

Birds simply don't eat ants. By natural selection many insects have evolved to look exactly like ants.

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Katydid Nymph

A katydid nymph, Tettigoniidae, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

All Orthoptera pass through about 5 stages of growth, called instars, from egg to adult. The immatures are called Nymphs.

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Tree Cricket

A tree cricket, Oecanthinae from Eldoret, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Active mostly at night, hiding under leaves by day. Long, slender antennae. Long hind legs for jumping.

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Tree Cricket

A tree cricket, g. Oecanthus,  from Taita, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Green like the foliage upon which they feed and live. Males sing by stridulation.

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Field Cricket

A field cricket, g. Gryllus from Eldoret, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Field crickets of several different species are found in temperate, mesic habitats the World over.

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Field Cricket #3

A male field cricket, Gryllidae, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

The prominent wings of this male are the musical instrument for this night-time chorus maker.

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Field Cricket #3

A male field cricket, Gryllidae, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

The shorter wings and the ovipositor mark this as the female. She's silent.

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Sword-tail Cricket

A peculiar cricket, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

This cricket has very large, prominent eyes.

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Kenya Natural History
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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 4 April 2012,
updated 18 Sept. 2017.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya. I am new to exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I learn about them I am teaching myself. If I make errors I expect that a kind person will let me know so that I can make corrections.