A group of grasshoppers is called a cloud. Grasshoppers are insects that range in size from ½ inch to 2¾ inches. They have two pairs of wings and six legs, four in front and two in the back. Unlike katydids and crickets, grasshoppers have short horned antennae.
Powerful back legs make grasshoppers incredible jumpers, able to jump up to 20 times their body length. Grasshoppers use their front legs for walking and securing prey.
Females lay an egg pouch in the ground during autumn. When the weather warms, the eggs hatch and nymphs tunnel to the surface. There are over 18,000 species of grasshoppers throughout the world. Grasshoppers, along with katydids, locusts and crickets, are orthopterans, or straight-winged insects.