10 Species of Cricket and Grasshoppers Found in India

There are huge list of different cricket, locust and grasshoppers species found in India. The ground-dwelling insects are plant-eaters with powerful hind legs, Here is the basic and common grasshoppers found in different regions of India.

Field Cricket


Field Crickets are from the family of Gryllidae, mostly found living in human structures and buildings. The black, red or brown in color field crickets are normally feed on grasshopper eggs, moths and butterflies.

House Cricket

House cricket is native to India and Asia,typically gray or brownish in color and can be kept as pets. These crickets are an edible insect in South-East Asia and also very popular for human consumption in Europe and America.

Mole Cricket

Mole crickets are spent most of their lives underground and thought to bring good fortune to anyone who sees it. They are nocturnal, inhabit agricultural fields, grassy areas and lives underground.

Katydids/Bush Cricket

Katydids are also known as bush cricket or long-horned grasshoppers, known for mimicry and camouflage. They are nocturnal and most commonly heard at night during summer.

Conehead Katydid

Conehead Katydid is a grasshopper like insects with shapes and colors similar to leaves.The katydids or bush crickets is one of the largest species of katydid, found especially in meadows, grasslands and gardens of India.

Painted Grasshopper/Aak Grasshopper


Aak grasshopper also known as painted grasshopper is a large brightly coloured grasshopper found in the Indian subcontinent. The mature grasshoppers feeds on the poisonous plant of Calotropis gigantea.

Oxya Grasshopper

Oxya grasshopper also called as rice grasshoppers are found in Africa and Asia. They are pest of a wide variety of crops like paddy fields.

Tobacco Grasshopper

Tobacco grasshoppers are distributed in Bangladesh, India, can be found in Sumatra and southern Vietnam. The greenish color medium sized grasshoppers are from the the subfamily of Pyrgomorphinae.

Acrida Grasshopper

Acrida ungarica species of grasshoppers are the most common species, found in Africa, India and Asia.

Bombay Locust


Bombay locusts are usually a solitary insect that found in India and southeast Asia. Locusts are species of short grasshoppers, also edible insects and considered a delicacy in many countries.


Several species of grasshoppers are known as locusts in different parts of the world such as Australian plague locust, migratory locust and desert locust.


Desert Locust

desert locust

The desert locust are from the family of Acrididae short-horned grasshopper, highly mobile and always found in large numbers, most devastating migratory, transboundary pest, already invaded Indian states of Rajasthan, MP and some part of UP.

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