Nature Profiles

Miscellaneous Insects

Grasshoppers

Bark-mimicking Grasshopper (Coryphistes ruricola) nymph

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Black Hill CP, Adelaide Hills

This expertly-camouflaged grasshopper is very common across large areas of Australia, occuring in several regional forms differing in the colour of the hind tibiae.  What looks like a horn in the photo is actually the pair of antennae held together, giving a remarkably thorn-like appearance. 

Many thanks to Dave Britton of the Australian Museum for identifying this photo for me.

 

 

Phaulacridium vittatum (Wingless Grasshopper)

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Mt Eccles NP, Victoria

Despite the common name, these well-camouflaged grasshoppers do have wings (only the nymphs are wingless). 

The species is widespread in south-eastern Australia and south-western WA.

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Unknown katydid (Conocephalus sp. perhaps)

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Montacute, Adelaide Hills, SA

Currently unidentified!

 

 


 

Ants

Jack Jumper Ant (Myrmecia pilosula)

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Innes NP, Yorke Peninsula, SA

Notorious in parts of Australia for having a sting which causes analphylactic shock in some victims, this fairly large, nervous species is common across southern Australia.

Easily recognised by their black bodies and contrasting yellow-brown mandibles, antennae and lower legs, these ants are constantly on the move, progressing by jerky movements when alarmed.  They can indeed jump, and their aggressive nature makes them a species to be wary of.  That said, there was a thriving colony on the side of my driveway in the Adelaide Hills, and the ants never troubled or attacked me; I always kept a respectful distance from their nest, and trod carefully when I had to go near, and they were happy to keep themselves to themselves.

 

 


 

Coleoptera

 

Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus)

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Black Hill CP, Adelaide Hills, SA

Text coming soon!

Thanks to Dave Britton for confirming the identification.

 

 

Christmas Beetle (Anoplognathus sp)

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Montacute, Adelaide Hills, SA

Currently unidentified!

 

 

Unknown Longicorn Beetles

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all photos Montacute, Adelaide Hills, SA

These impressive beetles are all currently unidentified.  If you've got any suggestions on which species any of these are, please get in touch!

 

 


 

Mantids

 

Orthodera ministralis (Garden Mantid)

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Montacute, Adelaide Hills, SA

Text coming soon!

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Large Brown / Stick Mantid (Archimantis latistyla)

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Montacute, Adelaide Hills, SA

This large praying mantis was attracted to my moth light one night, so I captured it and kept it for a good look the next day.  It was released completely unharmed after its photo shoot!

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Golden Eye Lacewing (Mallada traviatus)

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Montacute, Adelaide Hills, SA

Text coming soon!

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Caterpillars

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Anstey Hill CP, Adelaide Hills, SA

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Anstey Hill CP, Adelaide Hills, SA

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Coffin Bay NP, SA

All of these are currently unidentified.  If you know what any of them are, please get in touch!