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  • proper n. A taxonomic order within the subdivision Polyneoptera — various insects including the cockroach, cricket, grasshopper, stick insect, etc..

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plural proper n. An order of mandibulate insects including grasshoppers, locusts, cockroaches, mantids, crickets, katydids, etc. See Illust. under insect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An order of the class Insecta proposed by Olivier in 1789 for certain straight-winged insects which Linnæus had placed in Hemiptera, and to which De Geer in 1773 had restricted the order Hemiptera, placing the true bugs in a new order Dermaptera.

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  • n. grasshoppers and locusts; crickets


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From Ancient Greek ὀρθός (orthós, "straight") + πτερά (pterá, "wings"), plural of πτερόν (pterón, "wing")


  • "incomplete metamorphosis" of the Orthoptera is the primitive one,

    Facts and Arguments for Darwin

  • The goal of a larva is to be ingested by an adult insect such as Orthoptera (e.g. grasshopper) and Coleoptera (e.g. giant water beetle).

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  • All of the seven species of stonefly are endemic and there are endemic genera of wetas (Orthoptera).

    Subantarctic Islands, New Zealand

  • Lichen mimic grasshopper (Orthoptera sp.) of the western Andes (at 1000m), Ecuador.

    Western Ecuador moist forests

  • The biodiversity of the tugai ecosystem is very rich with representative invertebrates, particularly within the insect orders Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, semi-Coleoptera, and Orthoptera.

    Central Asian riparian woodlands

  • Dominant insect groups include Hemiptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Cantharidae, Coccinellidae, Miridae and Orthoptera that are distributed in the arid/dry steppe.

    Altai montane forest and forest steppe

  • Other groups like Orthoptera and Diptera species are almost 45 percent and 40 percent endemic respectively.

    Canary Islands dry woodlands and forests

  • The scattered angiosperms here and in the foothills supported some host-specific herbivores with associated predators; they were also exploited (especially after exceptional rains) by a number of Orthoptera, Hemiptera, and Lepidoptera derived from migratory African populations and perhaps reinforced at intervals by additional groups of colonists.

    Ascension scrub and grasslands

  • Invertebrate stocks that colonized Ascension underwent a variety of evolutionary changes including phyletic evolution leading to endemic status, adaptation to subterranean life (Araneae, Pseudoscorpiones, Collembola, and Psocoptera), character release (phorid Diptera), and probably splitting of lineages (speciation) within the island (Isopoda, Collembola, and gryllid Orthoptera).

    Ascension scrub and grasslands

  • Numerous insect groups (Orthoptera, Homoptera, Tenebrionidae, Meloidae, Curculionidae, and Scarabaeidae) are well adapted to the arid desert steppe.

    Gobi Lakes Valley desert steppe


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