Upolu Grass Katydid
Male, Anal Spurs, posterior
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)|
|Family:||Katydid (Tettigoniidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Upolu Grass Katydid (Conocephalus upoluensis)|
|This Photo:||Male, Anal Spurs, ventral|
Thank you Matthew Connors for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) 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)