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Gumleaf grasshopper

Goniaea australasiae

Description:

This grasshopper nymph (still wingless) is well camouflaged on the dead grasses and white volcanic granite.

Habitat:

Mt Hope, Pyramid Hill, Victoria, a rocky granite outcrop amid arid grassland

Notes:

This appears to be the gumleaf grasshopper (nymph) based on these links; http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/265... http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_...

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6 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Karen, this variable species usually mimics brown eucalyptus leaves but this specimen was found on a white granitic remnant of an ancient volcano. No wonder it looks like granite.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Argy Bee and Leuba

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 7 years ago

Looks like he's carved out of granite! Australia has some amazing, strange, and bizarre creatures! I'd love to visit.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

amazing - he looks prehistoric !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Incredible martin!

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Gumleaf grasshopper Goniaea australasiae?
The color seems to be very variable.

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Sep 25, 2012
Submitted on Sep 25, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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