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What do we have here ?

March 12, 2012
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Spot the insect ! – and what is it ? Knowing little about insects, we consulted a local guru who assured us it is a species of grasshopper, not a stick or leaf insect as we initially thought.

Can anyone confirm or dispute this ?

When amongst bark and leaf litter it was close to invisible, but lost much of its camouflage effect when it hopped on to our gravel driveway.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    March 12, 2012 5:10 pm

    I think this is a cricket more than a stick insect. We had a stick insect in Knoxfield in the middle of February. I thought it was a twigg! I will send to David W.

  2. March 13, 2012 12:56 am

    A grasshopper it is and it has a name. I went straight to Donald Hobern’s grasshoppers page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhobern/sets/72157611611029261/), which then took me, by Googling Acrids conica, to Brisbane Insects (http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_grasshoppers/Longheaded.htm). Apparently its called a Giant Green Slantface (Acrida conica), but can you believe that name! Why not, for example, the Large-nosed Grasshopper, or the Long-headed, or Spur-throated, the last two of which are apparently alternatives (and preferable).

    • March 13, 2012 8:34 am

      Giant Green Slantface indeed! So why is ours brown? Can it change its colour for camouflage?

      • March 13, 2012 12:41 pm

        Colour probably related to age, or perhaps habitat (camouflage).

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