Suborder Caelifera - Grasshoppers
Orthoptera of MichiganBy Roger Bland
Michigan State University Extension, 2003
Spiral bound, 220 pages. Has 100 or more color photos, mostly of specimens, illustrated keys, life history information. Gives seasonal information for Michigan. Has extensive references and a glossary. Looks very useful for anyone in the eastern or central United States. Luckily, many southern species just reach Michigan, so they are included. Includes all orthopterans, not just grasshoppers--a real plus. My only wish is that the photos were a bit larger.
Available directly from the Michigan State University Exttension service at this page
Field Guide To Grasshoppers, Katydids, And Crickets Of The United StatesBy John L. Capinera, Ralph D. Scott, Thomas J. Walker
Cornell University Press, 2004
Finally got a copy--the hardback. It is just stunning. Key features:
* color illustrations of 206 species
* anatomic diagrams and explanations
* range maps
* discussions of identification (including similar species) and ecology
* pictorial key that looks very useful, and accessible to the amateur.
Minor quibbles: There are plenty of illustrations, 206 in color, but there could always be more. (Hey, but then it would be really pricey!) I wish the plates had references to page numbers in the text, but that would make them cluttered and less pretty. (They are lovely as is.) It would be great if there was an accompanying CD with songs, but they do refer to the Singing Insects of North America web site. Perhaps a CD will be published in the future.