|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)|
|Family:||Pygmy Grasshopper (Tetrigidae)|
|Species:||Pygmy Grasshopper (Tetrigidae sp)|
|This Photo:||Nymph: Fastigium|
Thank you Matthew Connors & Josip Skejo for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
At first we didn't know what this was, contemplated a Hemipteran bug.
After reviewing the photo's we realised it was a Orthopteran, grasshopper. Given it seemed to have a pronotum that covered the whole body we considered a wingless adult female Rockhopper (Buforniina sp).
Thank fully there are experts out there willing to help with these unusual species.
It turns out to be a Nymph Pygmy Grasshopper!
Josip said "It could be either Tetrix irrupta, or maybe Cyphotettix sp. as Matthew suggested."