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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 


Bicoloured Cedarinia - Cedarinia sp. 3

Family Acrididae

This page contains pictures and information about the Bicoloured Cedarinia Grasshoppers that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.  

Body length female 35mm, male 20mm 
This grasshopper is common in Eucalypt forests in Brisbane. Both adult females and males have very tiny wings. The female size is more than double of the male. The female is pale brown in colour. The male is darker in colour and look quite different. 
We first found this female grasshopper near Bulimba Creek in Brisbane. We found two of them, one was on the ground and one was one the tree about a meter from ground. They were pale grown in colour, their wings are not developed so we thought they are immature nymphs. We brought one home to see how they develop into adult. 
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Two days later, we saw the "nymph" laid eggs, as shown in the above picture. We then understood that she was not a nymph but a female adult. This species female is 'wingless' !. When we looked carefully at the close-up picture, we found that she had the very tiny but fully developed wings. We were not sure if the male is winged or wingless.

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Few weeks later, at the same place we found this mating couple. Then we knew that their males are wingless (actually, very tiny developed wings) too

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Adult male body length 20mm 
After we learnt that their males are wingless, we found that they are quite common and easily found on the floor of most bushlands in Brisbane. Before, we thought they were the small nymph and did not bother to carefully look at them.
They are usually found resting on plants near ground level. It seems that they do not have preference to a particular type of host plant.


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1. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p182.
2. A Guide to Australian Grasshoppers and Locusts - DCF Rentz, RC Lewis, YN Su and MS Upton, 2003, p112.

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