Black Bush Cricket
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)|
|Family:||Scaled Cricket (Grylloidea: Mogoplistidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Wandella Ornebius (Ornebius sp)|
|This Photo:||🔍Female: dorsal🔎|
Thank you Matthew Connors & David Muirhead for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Only ~7-8mm long, it's a very flat, wingless species, with an extended "nose". The male has much longer antennae (slightly longer than it's head & body) than the females (about half head & body length). The antennae on both genders are banded, basically brown with small, unevenly spaced, black bands. Ovipositor is ~3mm long.
Listed as Northern Australia location but Adelaide Uni found some in SA back in the 1950's.
3 specimens found (1 x male, 2 x female) in March, April & July