Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Encoptolophus sordidus - Clouded Grasshopper


Field Guide To Grasshoppers, Katydids, And Crickets Of The United States
By 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
* sonograms
* 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.

Crickets and Katydids, Concerts and Solos
By Vincent G. Dethier
Harvard University Press, 1992
Essays and life histories of New Engleand orthoptera. Has some keys, including a phonetic key to songs, and references.

Grasshoppers and Mantids of the World
By Ken Preston-Mafham
Facts on File, Inc., 1991
Lovely photographs, especially of showy tropical species.

Grasshoppers of Florida (Invertebrates of Florida)
By John L. Capinera, Clay W. Scherer, Jason M. Squiter, Jason M. Squitier
University Press of Florida, 2002
Good color illustrations of 100 species of short-horned grasshoppers (Acrididae) found in Florida. Many of these species are widespread, and range maps cover the eastern US when needed. A lovely book, I only wish I knew more about this family so was able to make better use of it.

Noteworthy records of orthopteroid and hemipteroid insects from southwestrn Saskatchewan and southeastern Alberta
By Larson D.J.
Ent. Soc. Sask. 33(2): 10-14, 2014
Full text

i thank Geoff Scudder for directing me towards this publication

Principles of Insect Morphology
By R. E. Snodgrass
McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1935
A classic reference work by one of the titans of the subject.

Can be read online at: https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.50045/page/n3

Phylogenomics and the evolution of hemipteroid insects
By Johnson K.P. et al.
PNAS, 2018

The insect microcosm of Western Juniper berries
By L. A. Dimitri, K. C. Tonkel, W. S. Longland, and B. G. Rector
Rangelands 36(3):8-11, 2014