Accurate drawings of various species of crickets, grasshoppers and katydid. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. In the gallery is the Greater Angle Wing Katydid, Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, Jerusalem Cricket, Horse Lubber Grasshopper and Red-Legged Grasshopper. All illustrations are available in both line art and full color. High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the cricket and grasshopper you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific insects can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist.
The wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
Grasshoppers and crickets are common enough to where they're often overlooked by most people, and certainly neglected in the realm of illustration. Even in my catalog of images, I'm sad to say I've only completed one of each over the many years of illustration. But that is the problem with the countless millions of identified animals on the planet - with so many engaging and compelling subjects such as tigers, songsbirds, wolves and butterflies the common and everyday animals tend to get pushed into the background. But I do have hopes to add more of these insects here shortly, it's just a matter of deciding what species. If you'd like to make a suggestion or would like information on getting a custom illustration done please send the artist an email: email@example.com.
Grasshoppers are insects, and are members of the order of Orthoptera. They are closely related to crickets and locusts. Grasshoppers can walk, hop or fly, which makes them extremely adaptable to their environment and they can move as suits them. Like other insects, they have a three-part body comprised of the head, thorax and abdomen. They have six legs which are jointed, two sets of wings and a pair of antennae. They are herbivores, eating only plants. This can result in damages to crops (though not nearly that approaching the damage inflicted by the grasshopper's relative the locust) but only in areas receiving little annual rain (10-30 inches) There are about 11,000 species of grasshoppers that have been indentified and 548 in the United States alone (many of the species occur in the lush tropical rainforests.) Grasshoppers begin life as eggs, then after hatching they develop into nymphs and remain this way for several weeks, finally becoming full grown adults.
Crickets are members of the family of Gryllidae. They are related to grasshoppers, but more closely related to katydids. There are about 900 identified species of crickets in the world. Crickets can be found living under rocks and logs in meadows, pastures and grassy areas along roadsides and fields. Most tend to be nocturnal, and will avoid brightly lit areas and daytime. Crickets are mostly harmless insects and pose little threat to humans, although some species do possess strong mandibles and can deliver a powerful bite. They are perhaps best known for their ability to "chirp." Despite popular belief, they do not make this sound by rubbing their legs together, but rather by running the top of one wing along the rough edge at the bottom of the other wing. This is amplified by the cricket when he holds up his wings. Only male crickets chirp. Males do this primarily to attract potential mates, and to repel other crickets. These invertebrates are omnivorous, and will feed on almost any organic matter. Several species of crickets have powerful back legs that they can use to avoid predators, springing out of harms way when threatened. They can also lose legs and continue to survive, although the leg will not grow back.