Urban Invertebrates: Grasshoppers and Crickets

Grasshoppers

They have short antennae and are active during the day. They “sing” by rubbing their hind legs against their wings.

Ecological function: herbivore, prey-predator relationship

Level in food chain: primary consumer, secondary consumer

Feeding behaviour: usually herbivore

Microhabitat: usually on plants and grass

Crickets

They have long antennae and are active at night. They “sing” by rubbing their wings together.

Ecological function: decomposer, prey-predator relationship

Level in food chain: secondary consumer

Feeding behaviour: omnivore, detritivore

Microhabitat:  usually on the ground and in fallen leaves