Giant Grasshopper from Australia

Subject: Large Spotted Grasshopper
Location: Perth Western Australia
October 26, 2013 10:47 am
Hi my girlfriend spotted this guy hanging out on the side of our shed last night. The large size (7-8cm) of it intrigued me and repulsed her. I initially thought it to be a cricket but know believe it to be a grasshopper – possibly Valanga irregularis. We live in Perth, Western Australia. I snapped the photo on my Iphone and it was easily half the length of it. Any help with an ID would greatly be appreciated.
thanks in advance
Signature: Troy

Subject: Giant Spotted Grasshopper
Location: Perth, Western Australia
October 26, 2013 9:12 pm
Hi I don’t know if that pic I sent came out clear try this one.
Signature: Troy

Giant Grasshopper or Hedge Grasshopper
Giant Grasshopper or Hedge Grasshopper

Dear Troy,
Thanks so much for resending the photo.  The first was just a tiny thumbnail and it was impossible to make out the details.  We agree that this is most likely a Giant Grasshopper or Hedge Grasshopper,
Valanga irregularis, and you can verify that on the Australian Government Department of Agriculture page or the Brisbane Insect website.  We are postdating your submission to go live in early November while we are away from the office.

3 thoughts on “Giant Grasshopper from Australia”

  1. Hi we have had this dude grasshopper in our vege patch since Christmas 2014 he/she is 7 to 8 cm long. Gone from green with amasing blue eyes to huge and brown. We heard because of the long hot summer that they would have a (second) longer life span Question do we know there actual normal life span is we are in Mooloolaba Qld so temper ant. I don’t mind the rhubarb leaves or mint it eats but bugger of my broad beans

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  2. Hi!! I’m in Caboolture, not far up the highway from you guys and I have just had on winter with us. He was enjoying eating the leaves on my wisteria before winter. He just waited out for my beautiful blooms to start to pop before he proceeded to start eating them! That was the last straw. My precious wisteria, that I am trying to grow over a fence, was now being threatened by this monster (as he was huge!!!). I finally had enough today and caught him in a jar and took him for a drive out to Wamuran!!! He can find some yummy foliage out there. I was worried he’d find his way back if I didn’t make it a decent distance. Couldn’t bring myself to killing him. Especially since my husband and son gave me heaps about keeping in the jar!

    I hope he lives out his days finding all the foliage he can stuff his face with!!! ?

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  3. Hi!! I’m in Caboolture, not far up the highway from you guys and I have just had on winter with us. He was enjoying eating the leaves on my wisteria before winter. He just waited out for my beautiful blooms to start to pop before he proceeded to start eating them! That was the last straw. My precious wisteria, that I am trying to grow over a fence, was now being threatened by this monster (as he was huge!!!). I finally had enough today and caught him in a jar and took him for a drive out to Wamuran!!! He can find some yummy foliage out there. I was worried he’d find his way back if I didn’t make it a decent distance. Couldn’t bring myself to killing him. Especially since my husband and son gave me heaps about keeping in the jar!

    I hope he lives out his days finding all the foliage he can stuff his face with!!! ?

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