Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids of Ontario's Journal

October 10, 2019

Checklist of Ontario Orthopteroids

Many moons ago, I co-wrote a checklist of Ontario 'orthopteroids' to update the taxonomy and provide something that naturalists could work off of when they were trying to determine species present at a site. When the "Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids of Ontario" project was first created, I created a species list in the observations that incorporated the Orthoptera portion of the checklist but, it appears, this was lost or hidden when the type of project changed. To continue to encourage people to continue documenting the provincial fauna, the link to the checklist is here ( If you are interested in a pdf and can't get access to it, let me know and I would be happy to send a copy along.

Please note that the fauna has already changed a bit. There are now three Ectobius (Blattodea) species known from Ontario, and two additional crickets (Hapithus agitator and Phyllopalpus pulchellus, both of which have a number of iNaturalist observations from southwestern Ontario).


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August 20, 2019

New Crickets and Metaleptea brevicornis in Ontario

Over the past two years, two new crickets have been added to the provincial fauna based on observations on iNaturalist, including several from members of this group. Check out Phyllopalpus pulchellus and Hapithus saltator in the species list to see where they are being found. These observations are going to be included in a small note in the Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario in the near future.

Also exciting, is the recent observation of Metaleptea brevicornis, a fairly distinctive species. This species has only been found previously in extreme southwestern Ontario many years ago, so it was with great excitement that it was recently located in the Port Maitland area. Check out for the recent observation. For those of you along the shores of Lake Erie, keep your eyes open for it.

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October 17, 2018

Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids of Ontario is now a Collections Project

Hi everyone,

We have finally (with some help) updated the project to allow it to be a collections project, which means more additions to the project. Hopefully this will help increase interest in these wonderful insects. Looking foward to seeing all the newly incorporated photos!

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September 24, 2018

Cool finds in Ontario

Hi everyone! Just wanted to share a few cool findings of Ontario orthops! Two species new to Canada were recently found and posted to iNaturalist, both from extreme southwestern Ontario. Phyllopalpus pulchellus and Hapithus agitator were both species that we could have expected to occur here, based on known distributions, so it is great that they turned up! Phyllopalus is one of the prettiest (and easiest to identify) crickets in the northeast so make sure to keep your eye open for them if you are in the Windsor area! I would expect that they both will expand their range at least a little into other parts of the province! For those in the Brantford area, we are still trying to track down Orocharis saltator there so please keep your camera and ears open!

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