Desert Grasshopper
Pair
Ellura
Upolu Grass Katydid
Male, profile
 
    
Upolu Grass Katydid (Conocephalus upoluensis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Katydid (Tettigoniidae)
Species: Upolu Grass Katydid (Conocephalus upoluensis)
This Photo:     Male, dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
About 15mm long, wingspan ~43mm & antennae ~33mm. At rest the wings extend well past the body.
Variable in colour, they can also be green.
This one was very pale, off white with a green tinge; the brown back wasn't very noticeable with the eye.
Large head & eyes compared with body which makes us suspect it's nocturnal.
Forewings are shorter than hindwings. The wing area near the body is quite strange & distinctive; having a 'ridge' between 2 'dips'; very cricket like.
The anal spurs are diagnostic with these (their shape & location)

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Dec-2017
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.