Checklist of
Michigan Orthopteroids

This list is based upon Cantrall 1968, and Alexander et. al. 1972, with additions from Cantrall's annotations and the UMMZ Insect Division collection and papers listed in the References Section at the end. The term "resident" is used here, as Cantrall listed several cockroach species that have rarely turned up in produce imported from the southern US. None of those species have been found to have established breeding populations in Michigan. They are listed separately at the end of this list.

At least 150 species of orthopteroids occur in Michigan, and it is likely that other species will be found here in the future. Michigan is especially rich in acridoids and tettigoniids, due to the diverse suitable habitats within the state.

In 2003, a new guide was published- The Orthoptera of Michigan, Biology, keys, and descriptions of grasshoppers, katydids and crickets by Roger Bland. MSU Extension Bulletin E-2815, 220 pp. ISBN - 1-56525-017-6. ordering information is online at:

This list is only preliminary, and any additions and/or corrections will be appreciated. Please send them to:Mark O'Brien.



Euborellia annulipes (Lucas) - Ring-legged Earwig


Labia minor (Linn.) - Little Earwing


Doru aculeatum (Scudder) - Spine-tailed Earwig
Forficula auricularia Linn. - European Earwig



Blatta orientalis Linn. - Oriental Cockroach
Periplaneta americana (Linn.) - American Cockroach
Periplaneta australasiae (F.) - Australian Cockroach


Blatella germanica (Linn.) - German Cockroach
Ectobius pallidus (Olivier) - Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach
Parcoblatta pensylvanica (DeGeer) - Pennsylvanian Wood Roach
Parcoblatta uhleriana (Sauss.) - Uhler's Wood Roach
Parcoblatta virginica (Brunner) - Virginia Wood Roach
Supella longipalpa (Fabr.) - Brown-banded Cockroach



Mantis religiosa religiosa (Linn.) - European Mantid
Tenodera aridifolia sinensis Sauss. - Chinese Mantid



Diapheromera femorata (Say) - Common Walking Stick



Nomotettix cristatus cristatus (Scudder) - Northern Crested Grouse Locust
Paratettix cucullatus (Burm.) - Hooded Grouse Locust
Tetrix arenosa angusta (Hancock) - Obscure Grouse Locust
Tetrix brunneri (Bolivar) - Brunner's Grouse Locust
Tetrix ornata ornata (Say) - Ornate Grouse Locust
Tetrix subalata (Linn.) - Slender Grouse Locust
Tettigidea armata armata Morse - Spined Grouse Locust
Tettigidea lateralis lateralis (Say) - Sedge Crouse Locust


Ellipes minutus Scudder - Minute Pygmy Locust
Neotridactylus apicialis Say - Larger Pygmy Locust



Metaleptea brevicornis (Johannson) - Short-horned Locust
Stethophyma gracile (Scudder) - Northern Sedge Locust
Stethophyma lieantum (Scudder) - Striped Sedge Locust


Schistocerca alutacea (Harris) - Leather-colored Bird Locust
Schistocerca americana americana (Drury) - American Bird Locust
Schistocerca emarginata (Scudder) - Prairie Bird Locust


Ageneotettix decorum decorum (Scudder) - Sand Locust
Chloealtis conspersa Harris - Sprinkled Locust
Chloealtis abdominalis (Thomas) - Rocky Mountain Sprinkled Locust
Chorthippus curtipennis curtipennis (Harris) - Marsh Meadow Locust
Dichromorpha viridis (Scudder) - Short-winged Locust
Orphulella pelidna pelidna (Burmeister) - Spotted -winged Locust
Orphulella speciosa (Scudder) - Pasture Locust
Pseudopomala brachyptera (Scudder) - Bunch Grass Locust
Syrbula admirabilis (Uhler) - Handsome Locust


Hesperotettix viridis pratensis Scudder - Purple-striped Locust
Melanoplus angustipennis (Dodge) - Narrow-winged Locust
Melanoplus bivittatus (Say) - Two-striped Locust
Melanoplus borealis borealis (Fieber) - Northern Locust
Melanoplus bruneri Scudder - Bruner's Locust
Melanoplus confusus Scudder - Little Locust
Melanoplus dawsoni (Scudder) - Dawson's Locust
Melanoplus differentialis differentialis (Thomas) - Differential Locust
Melanoplus eurycerus Hebard - Hebard's Green-legged Locust
Melanoplus fasciatus (F. Walker) - Huckleberry Locust
Melanoplus femurrubrum (DeGeer) - Red-legged Locust
Melanoplus flavidus Scudder - Blue-legged Locust
Melanoplus gracilis (Bruner) - Graceful Locust
Melanoplus huroni Blatchley - Huron Short-winged Locust
Melanoplus islandicus Blatchley - Forest Locust
Melanoplus keeleri luridus (Dodge) - Broad-necked Locust
Melanoplus punctulatus griseus (Thomas) - Griseous Locust
Melanoplus punctulatus punctulatus (Scudder) - Grizzly Locust
Melanoplus sanguinipes sanguinipes (Fabr.) - Lesser Migratory Locust
Melanoplus scudderi scudderi (Uhler) - Scudder's Short-winged Locust
Melanoplus stonei Rehn - Stone's Locust
Melanoplus viridipes Scudder - Green-legged Locust
Melanoplus walshii Scudder - Walsh's Locust
Paroxya hoosieri (Blatchley) - Hoosier Locust
Phoetaliotes nebrascensis (Thomas) - Large-headed Locust
(The genus Melanoplus is currently under revision by D. Otte, so I am not
including intergrades of
Melanoplus listed by Cantrall in 1968. Those hybrids
may or may not be valid designations.)


Arphia pseudonietana (Thomas) - Red-winged Locust
Aprhia sulphurea (Fabr.) - Spring Yellow-winged Locust
Arphia xanthoptera (Burm.) - Autumn Yellow-winged Locust
Camnula pellucida (Scudder) - Clear-winged Locust
Chortophaga viridifasciata (DeGeer) - Green-striped Locust
Dissosteira carolina (Linn.) - Carolina Locust
Encoptolophus sordidus sordidus (Burm.) - Dusky Locust
Pardalophora apiculata (Harris) - Coral-winged Locust
Pardalophora haldemanii (Scudder) - Haldeman's Locust
Psinidia fenestralis fenestralis (Serville) - Long-horned Locust
Spharagemon bolli bolli Scudder - Boll's Locust
Spharagemon collare (Scudder) - Mottled Sand Locust
Spharagemon marmorata marmorata (Harris) - Northern Marbled Locust
Trachyrachys kiowa (Stål) - Ash-brown Locust
Trimerotropis huroniana huroniana E.M. Walker - Lake Huron Locust
Trimerotropis maritima E.M. Walker - Seaside Locust
Trimerotropis verruculata verruculata (Kirby) - Crackling Locust


Appalachia arcana Hubbell and Cantrall - Secretive Locust
Booneacris glacialis canadensis (E.M. Walker) - Northern Wingless Locust
Dendrotettix quercus Packard - Post-oak Locust



Conocephalus attenuatus (Scudder) - Long-tailed Meadow Katydid
Conocephalus brevipennis brevipennis (Scudder) - Short-winged Meadow Katydid
Conocephalus fasciatus (DeGeer) - Slender Meadow Katydid
Conocephalus nemoralis (Scudder) - Woodland Meadow Katydid
Conocephalus nigropleurum (Bruner) - Black-sided Meadow Katydid
Conocephalus saltans (Scudder) - Prairie Meadow Katydid
Conocephalus strictus (Scudder) - Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
Orchelimum campestris Blatchley - Dusky-faced Meadow Katydid
Orchelimum concinnum Scudder - Stripe-faced Meadow Katydid
Orchelimum delicatum Bruner - Delicate Meadow Katydid
Orchelimum gladiator (Bruner) - Gladiator Meadow Katydid
Orchelimum nigripes Scudder - Black-legged Meadow Katydid
Orchelimum volantum McNeill - Nimble Meadow Katydid
Orchelimum vulgare Harris - Common Meadow Katydid


Neoconocephalus ensiger (Harris) - Sword-bearing Conehead
Neoconocephalus lyristes (Rehn & Hebard) - Slender Conehead
Neoconocephalus nebrascensis (Brunner) - Nebraska Conehead
Neoconocephalus robustus (Scudder) - Robust Conehead
Neoconocephalus retusus (Scudder) - Round-tipped Conehead


Atlanticus davisi Rehn &Hebard - Davis' Shield-bearer
Atlanticus testaceous (Scudder) - Short-legged Shield-bearer


Meconema thalassinum (De Geer) - Drumming Katydid [new state record]


Amblycorypha oblongifolia (DeGeer) - Oblong-winged Katydid
Amblycorypha rotundifolia (Scudder) - Round-winged Katydid
Microcentrum rhombifolium (Saussure) - Angle-winged Katydid
Scudderia curvicauda curvicauda (DeGeer) - Curve-tailed Bush Katydid
Scudderia fasciata Beutenmuller - Hemlock Bush Katydid
Scudderia furcata furcata Brunner - Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
Scudderia pistillata Brunner - Broad-winged Bush Katydid
Scudderia septentrionalis (Serville) - Northern Bush Katydid
Scudderia texensis Saussure & Pictet - Texas Bush Katydid


Pterophylla camellifolia camellifolia (Fabr.) - Northern True Katydid

Pterophylla camellifolia



Saga pedo pedo (Pallas) - Predatory Katydid


Ceuthophilus brevipes Scudder - Short-legged Camel Cricket
Ceuthophilus divergens Scudder - Divergent Camel Cricket
Ceuthophilus guttulosus thomasi Hubbell - Thomas' Camel Cricket
Ceuthophilus latens Scudder - Black-sided Camel Cricket
Ceuthophilus maculatus Harris - Spotted Camel Cricket
Ceuthophilus meridionalis Scudder - Striped Camel Cricket
Ceuthophilus pallidipes E.M. Walker - Pale-legged Camel Cricket
Ceuthophilus silvestris Bruner - Woodland Camel Cricket
Ceuthophilus uhleri Scudder - Uhler's Camel Cricket
Tachycines asynamorous Adelung - Greenhouse Camel Cricket


Acheta domesticus (Linn.) - House Cricket
Allonemobius allardi (Alexander & Thomas) - Allard's Ground Cricket
Allonemobius fasciatus(DeGeer) - Striped Ground Cricket
Allonemobius griseus (E.M. Walker) - Gray Ground Cricket
Allonemobius maculatus (Blatchley) - Spotted Ground Cricket
Allonemobius tinnulus (Fulton) - Tinkling Ground Cricket
Anaxipha exigua (Say) - Say's Bush Cricket
Eunemobius carolinus (Scudder) - Carolina Ground Cricket
Eunemobius melodius (Thomas & Alexander) - Melodious Ground Cricket
Gryllus pennsylvanicus Burmeister - Fall Field Cricket
Gryllus veletis Alexander & Bigelow - Spring Field Cricket
Neonemobius palustris palustris (Blatchley) - Marsh Ground Cricket
Neoxabea bipunctata (DeGeer) - Two-spotted Tree Cricket
Oecanthus exclamationis Davis - Davis' Tree Cricket
Oecanthus fultoni T.J. Walker - Snowy Tree Cricket
Oecanthus laricis T.J. Walker - Larch Tree Cricket
Oecanthus nigricornis F. Walker - Black-horned Tree Cricket
Oecanthus niveus (DeGeer) - Narrow-winged Tree Cricket
Oecanthus pini Beutenmuller - Pine Tree Cricket
Oecanthus quadripunctatus Beutenmuller - Four-spotted Tree Cricket

Oecanthus nigricornis


Neocurtilla hexadactyla hexadactyla (Perty) - Northern Mole Cricket

Adventive species listed in Cantrall, 1968, but not resident in Michigan:

Blattidae: Eurycotis floridana (F. Walker); Blatellidae: Neoblatella sp.; Ectobius pallidus (Olivier); Nyctibora noctivaga Rehn; Panchlora nivea (L.);


Alexander, R.D. , A.E. Pace, and D. Otte. 1972. The singing insects of Michigan. Great Lakes Entomol. 5 (2): 33-69. [click here for pdf file]

Bland, R. G. 1989. An annotated list of the Orthoptera of Beaver Island, Lake Michigan. Great Lakes Entomol. 22(1): 39-43.

Bland, R.G. 2003. The Orthoptera of Michigan. Michigan State Univ. Extension Bulletin E-2815. 220 pp.

Cantrall, I.J. 1968. An annotated list of the Dermaptera, Dictyoptera, Phasmatoptera, and Orthoptera of Michigan. Michigan Entomol. 1 (9): 299-346.

Cantrall, I.J. 1970. Appalachian orthopteron relicts in Michigan. Michigan Entomol. 3 (3):84-89.

Cantrall, I.J. 1972a.
Saga pedo (Pallas) (Tettigoniidae: Saginae), an Old World katydid, new to Michigan. Great Lakes Entomol. 5 (3): 103-106. [pdf file]

Cantrall, I.J. 1972b. Forficula aauriculaaria L. in Michigan (Dermaptera: Forficulidae) in Michigan. Great lakes Entomol. 5(3):107 [pdf file]

Otte, D. 1981. The North American Grasshoppers. Vol. 1. Acrididae, Gomphocerinae and Acridinae. Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, MA. 275 pp.

Otte, D. 1984. The North American Grasshoppers. Vol. 2. Oedipodinae. Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, MA. 366 pp.

Otte, D. 1994. Orthoptera Species File 4: Grasshoppers C. The Orthopterists' Society and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

Otte, D. 1995. Orthoptera Species File 5: Grasshoppers D. The Orthopterists' Society and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

Otte, D. 1997. Orthoptera Species File 6: Tetrigoidea and Tridactyloidea. The Orthopterists' Society and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

Otte, D. 1997. Orthoptera Species File 7: Tettigonioidea. The Orthopterists' Society and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

Vickery, V.R. and D.K. McE. Kevan. 1986. The insects and arachnids of Canada. Part 14. The grasshoppers, crickets and related insects of Canada and adjacent regions. Ulonota:Dermaptera, Cheleutoptera, Notoptera, Dictyoptera, Grylloptera and Orthoptera. Agric. Canada Publ. 1777.

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