Striped-cheek Macrotona
S1, Female, Fastigium, dorsal
Western False Apotropis
S1, dorsal
Striped-cheek Macrotona (Macrotona sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Short-horned Grasshopper (Caelifera: Acrididae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Striped-cheek Macrotona (Macrotona sp)
This Photo:     🔍S1, Female, Fastigium, profile🔎

Thank you Robert Read & Martin J Steinbauer for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~25mm long female. We originally confused this with Inland Macrotona (Macrotona securiformis). It's one of many undescribed Macrotonas.
1) The stripe on the cheek alerted us to it being different,
2) the forehead is grey, not white,
3) the rear leg stripes aren't solid black, but dappled/cross-hatched black,
4) the wing spotting is in different place,
5) the antenna are pale, but still with a white tip,
6) wood-grain eyes,
7) ventrally dull greenish, not bright lime-green,
8) abdomen, dorsally, not much red,
9) Blue tibias & feet.

Copyright © 2022-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Jan-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.