Stick Insect bug
Location: Bushland in Western Victoria
January 29, 2012 12:53 am
I’ve discovered a bug that seems to belong to the Phasmatodea family, but because it has legs like a grasshopper (it jumps pretty fast) i’m not sure what family it belongs to let alone its genus or species. Could you identify this bug and inform me of what it feeds on?
Signature: Jordan

Green Grass Pyrgomorph

Dear Jordan,
We believe we have correctly identified your Grasshopper as a Green Grass Pyrgomorph in the genus
Atractomorpha based on photographs posted to the Brisbane Insect Website which indicates:  “This grasshopper is also known as Vegetable Grasshopper. They are common in Brisbane and easily found on grasses and other garden plants.”  The site also states:  “The Vegetable Grasshoppers feed on different type of leaves, mainly on dicotyledonous plants.”

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