Grassland Grasshopper
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Ellura
Spotted Bandwing
5th Instar: dorsal
 
    
Spotted Bandwing (Qualetta maculata)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Short-horned Grasshopper (Acrididae)
Species: Spotted Bandwing (Qualetta maculata)
This Photo:     Nymph, early instar

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
They are known for their thick pronotum (shield on the back). It does vary though. The head is also quite distinctive being quite short but high, with the eyes protruding above the "forehead".
The abdomen is apricot in colour, and the pronotum has varying shades of white to grey.
Thanks to Matthew Connors for picking our miss-id of the nymph. We thought it was Cratilopus; you can see the pronotum shape is wrong for that genus.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 25-Mar-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.