Giant Crested Grasshopper
S4, Female, ventral
Black-faced Macrotona
Black-faced Macrotona (Macrotona australis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Short-horned Grasshopper (Caelifera: Acrididae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Black-faced Macrotona (Macrotona australis)
This Photo:     Dorsal

Thank you Robert Read for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
The black face separates this out from the Inland Grasshopper (M. securiformis) in the area. We found one of each species on Ellura on the same day.
Robert said "If it has a black face it is a male." He has photographed the female showing the Prosternal Process, that separates it from other macrotonas.

Copyright © 2017-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 25-Jan-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.