Grasshopper from Australia is Musgrave’s Psednura

Subject:  Insect Identification Request
Geographic location of the bug:  Booderee National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 12:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I photographed this in February, 2020, and would love to know what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Nick

Unidentified Grasshopper

Dear Nick,
We are having difficulty identifying your Grasshopper.  It looks similar to the Giant Green Slantface pictured on Brisbane Insects and it looks similar to the Matchstick Grasshoppers also pictured on Brisbane Insects. Your individual has a greater distance between the eyes and the antennae.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in with some assistance.

Thanks for the reply. I didn’t even know it was a grasshopper, so that’s great to know. I have another query relating to some insects that I photographed in a kangaroo’s tail. Shall I submit a form for that too?

Unidentified Grasshopper

Update:  October 25, 2021
Thanks to a comment from Matthew Connors, we have been able to identify this as Musgrave’s Psednura (Psednura musgravei).  Here is an image from Atlas of Living Australia and on Project Noah.  Interestingly, we missed it on Brisbane Insects because we did not suspect it was in the family Pyrgomorphidae as it does not resemble other Milkweed Grasshoppers.

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    • Thank you so much for your identification. We will now update the posting and search the internet to provide links to images that are available on the web.


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