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Be sure to scroll down. That's some crazy stuff.
Not only crazy, they have a reputation of being well-sounding instruments too. That's interesting because there's so much superstition in the fiddle world. In a "Build your own fiddle" book there can be five sides about how to make the scroll, yet not a single word about the function of it - if there is any... Mr Hagan has proved that a fiddle can look like a double map of Texas and still sound like a fiddle. He's a very serious luthier. My fiddle is a gift from him!
How to Tell the Difference Between a Grasshopper and a Cricket
The Suborders Caelifera and Ensifera
By Debbie Hadley, About.com Guide
Grasshoppers are active during the day, and have relatively short antennae.
Photo: © Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, United States
Based on physical and behavioral characteristics, the Orthopterans can be split into two distinct groups, or suborders – the Caelifera and the Ensifera. Caeliferans include the grasshoppers and locusts. The suborder Ensifera is comprised of the crickets and katydids.
The following traits separate most grasshoppers and locusts from their close cousins, the crickets and katydids. As with any rule, there may be exceptions.
Differences Between Grasshoppers and Crickets
|Characteristic||Grasshoppers & Locusts||Crickets & Katydids|
|Antennae||short||long||Auditory Organs||on the abdomen||on the forelegs||Stridulation||rubbing the hind leg against the forewing||rubbing forewings together||Ovipositors||short||long, extended||Activity||diurnal||nocturnal||Feeding Habits||herbivorous||predatory, omnivorous, or herbivorous|
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