Grasshoppers are common insects that come in all shapes and sizes. These popular insects can jump about a meter in length. That would be the same as you leaping over a football field! They accomplish this amazing feat with the help of their powerful hind legs, which act like mini catapults. They can also fly and walk. Grasshoppers are active mostly by day, unlike their cricket and katydid relatives, which are active by night. Grasshoppers are in the order Orthoptera. There are more than 11,000 species of grasshopper worldwide, including the colorful Painted Grasshopper and the common Differential Grasshopper. They live on every continent except Antarctica. Did you know that grasshoppers are the same thing as locusts? They are only usually called locusts when they swarm. Grasshoppers are awesome.