Young and already voracious! This is a nymph of the Hedge Grasshopper, a species native to Australia and the largest grasshopper there. Adult length is 85 mm. The nymphs are green, or have a black and orange pattern like the one spotted here.
A suburban garden planted with Australian natives. The nymph is feasting on the leaves of a young Hymenosporum flavum or native frangipani, a rainforest tree.
These are common and thrive in the Brisbane area, and will feed on many different leaves. They pass the winter in the adult stage. During the January to March period the population of this grasshopper is almost entirely nymphs, which mature by about April. Ref. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane, 2007. www.qm.qld.gov.au
Lat: -27.46, Long: 153.00
Spotted on Mar 23, 2012
Submitted on Apr 11, 2012
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