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Crickets and Katydids

Green-legged Matchstick
Green-body Matchstick
Brown-striped Matchstick
Mottled Matchstick 
Common Pyrgomorph
Musgrave's Psednura
Green Grass Pyrgimorph
Diving Grasshopper
Creek Grasshopper
Garden Bermius
Common Gesonula
Rice Grasshopper
Beautiful Methiola
Little Black-knees
Bicoloured Cedarinia
Eastern Inland Cedarinia
Peakesia Grasshopper
Apotropina & Perbelliina 
Epallia Grasshopper
Cooloola Shortwing
Wingless Grasshopper 
Mimetic Gumleaf Ghopper
Black-kneed Gum leaf Ghopr
Slender Gumleaf Ghopper
Gumleaf Grasshopper
Common Pardillana
Common Adreppus
Pale Stem Grasshopper  
Bark-mimicking Ghopper I
Bark-mimicking Ghopper II
Macrotona & Maclystriina
Handsome Macrotona
False Perloccia
Green-legs Grasshopper 
Spur-throated Locust
Giant Grasshopper
Froggatt's Buzzer
Golden Bandwing
Giant Green Slantface
Long-legged Bandwing 
Yellow-winged Locust 
Creek Pygmy Grasshopper
Forest Pygmy Grasshopper 
Unidentified Ghoppers 


Subfamily Acridinae - Slant-faced and Band-winged Grasshoppers, Locusts


This page contains pictures and information about Slant-faced and Band-winged Grasshoppers, Locusts in subfamily Acridinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
This subfamily is a large group. Several locusts species are included. Grasshoppers in this subfamily are usually medium in size. Some of them produce buzzing sound when flight. 

Tribe Acridini

Froggatt's Buzzer
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Froggattina australis, body length 25mm
When we walk on the bushland with short grass, it is common that every step we walked, we heard a loud buzzing sound. Then saw some insects jumping and flying away. They fly just above the ground surface. It was difficult to see at what was those creatures. Most likely they were the Froggatt's Buzzer grasshoppers. Please also visit this page for more details.
Golden Bandwing
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Cryptobothrus chrysophorus, body length adult 30mm, nymph 15mm
The grasshopper is brown to dark brown, reassemble dry leaves colours on the ground. The abdomen and hind legs are bright orange in colour. More information and images can be found on this page.
Longheaded Grasshopper, Giant Green Slantface
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Acrida conica, tribe Acridini, body length nymph 40, adult 70mm
This grasshopper is green in colour with brown strips on it head. Its head is long and with short and flat antennae. Its pair of hind legs are  long and spindly. When disturbed, it opens its wings to make noise and shows the pink-red abdomen. Click here for more information. 
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Caledia captiva, tribe Acridini, body length 25mm
This grasshopper is variable in colour and pattern, can be in green, brown to greyish-brown. They make sound when in flight. They are easy encountered and sometimes confused with the the locusts species. The major different are their wings are not patterned and their hind legs tibia are not red as locust. More information can be found in this page.

Tribe Oedipodini

Long-legged Bandwing
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Heteropternis obscurella, body length 30mm 
This grasshopper has the hind leg pattern on its tegmen. It has the hind leg pattern on its tegmen. This is a wide spread species but not very common in Brisbane. Please check this page for more infromation.
Yellow-winged Locust
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Gastrimargus musicus, body length 40mm
Yellow-winged Locusts are sometime found in Brisbane grassland. They prefer grasses of medium height. When in flight, they show their back-banded yellow hind wings with loud clicking noise. There are the red marking on their hind legs. This species has green and brown forms. More pictures and information please click on here.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p391.
2. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p176.
3. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 

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Last updated: July 07, 2011.