Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshopper
S14, Female, 5th Instar, Ventral
False Gumleaf Grasshopper
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)|
|Family:||Short-horned Grasshopper (Caelifera: Acrididae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||False Gumleaf Grasshopper (Goniaeoidea sp)|
|This Photo:||Dorsal, close up|
Thank you Robert Read & Matthew Connors for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Reddish wings contrast with grey body & off-white pronotum & head. Thru the damaged forwings, it looks like the hindwings are dark brown. Wings end with the abdomen.
Inside hind legs are black lined with dark red/maroon. They are remarkably plain coloured on the outside hinde legs. The rear tibia goes from green at the top thru blue to purple at the base, with purple feet.
Antennae are slightly wedge shaped, with slightly reddish-brown tips from halfway along.
Pronotum dorsally with very straight trailing edged triangle. Pronotoum has 3-4 strong sutures.