Grasshoppers have antennae that are generally shorter than their body and pinchers or mandibles that cut and tear off food. Those species that make easily heard noises usually do so by rubbing their hind legs against their wings or abdomen, or by snapping the wings in flight. The hind legs are typically long and strong, fitted for leaping. Females are normally larger than males.

• Grasshoppers possess two pairs of wings and a pair of small antennae.
• Grasshoppers are often confused with crickets, although grasshoppers are typically larger and look much greener than crickets.
• Grasshoppers are active during the day, while crickets are nocturnal.