Subject: Large brown grasshopper/locust in the Pilbara
Location: Pilbara, Australia
February 8, 2014 7:02 pm
Hi there, I spotted this chap in the car park recently. About 6/8cms in length hand 1-1.5 in width.
Signature: Griffo

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Hi Griffo,
We quickly located a visual match on The Northern Myth blog where is it tentatively identified as being in the genus
 Urnisiella.  The individuals identified online as being in the genus Urnisiella do not look like your individual in our mind.  See FlickR and Superstock.  At this time, we are unable to provide a conclusive identification.  

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for your reply. I’ll have a read of the info. I did try to get a side profile photo, but I got spotted and he flew away.
All the best
Ian

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Location: Pilbara, Australia

One Response to Grasshopper from Australia

  1. Matthew says:

    I believe that this is a Spur-Throated Locust (Austracris guttulosa), or a very closely related species. Although the colour is lighter when alive (as has been said in the original message), the markings and body shape match the species almost exactly.
    The taxonomy is as follows:
    Phylum: Arthropoda – Arthropods
    Class: Insecta – Insects
    Order: Orthoptera – Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids
    Suborder: Caelifera – Grasshoppers
    Family: Acrididae – Short-Horned Grasshoppers
    Tribe: Cyrtacanthacridini – Giant Spur-Throated Grasshoppers
    Genus: Austracris
    Species: A. guttulosa – Spur-Throated Locust

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