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Psednura grasshopper at Wonboyn, NSW

Psednura sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Oct 2016

Identification history

Grasshopper / Cricket Psednura sp. 15 Oct 2017 KimPullen
Grasshopper / Cricket Acrida conica 4 Sep 2017 KerriLee
Grasshopper / Cricket Acrida conica 30 Aug 2017 KerriLee

Author's notes

About 70mm in length, found among sedges. We surmise this is the nymphal stage of Acrida conica - the adults are a common sight in early Autumn

4 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   15 Oct 2017
This is a good find as these grasshoppers are quite cryptic. The very short front and middle legs are a feature that distinguishes them in the field from the Giant Slant-face. Also they tend not to jump, instead scuttling up and down a stem, and often moving to the other side of the stem.
KimPullen wrote:
   15 Oct 2017
Psednura collection records mapped in the ALA show P. musgravei on the North Coast of NSW and in southern Queensland, and P. pedestris in Victoria and Tasmania. It would be interesting to know which species this is.
KerriLee wrote:
   15 Oct 2017
Thanks Kim. I've just checked our home records, and we have other images of Psednura sighted on a number of occasions. We've identified them as P. pedestris, but we'll be interested to see what you think. I'll post those images as sightings here on the Atlas, shortly. Cheers!
KerriLee wrote:
   15 Oct 2017
Just found and glanced through a 1972 paper 'A Revision of the Psednurini' (by Key, in Australian Journal of Zoology, Supplementary Series), which includes extensive descriptions and distribution records for the 2 Psednura species. It seems we'd have to collect a female and check the ovipositor - otherwise they are virtually indistinguishable.

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Spilosoma curvata at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Oct 2017
Caladenia carnea at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Oct 2017
Glyphipterix cometophora at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Oct 2017
Simosyrphus grandicornis at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Oct 2017
Venator spenceri at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Oct 2017
Venatrix australiensis at Wonboyn, NSW - 27 Sep 2017
Taxeotis perlinearia at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Sep 2017
BRACONIDAE at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Sep 2017
Exoneura sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Sep 2017
Austrolestes io at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Sep 2017
Orthodera ministralis at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Apr 2017
Polistes (Polistella) humilis at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Mar 2017
Acrida conica at Wonboyn, NSW - 20 Mar 2017
Hypocysta metirius at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Mar 2017
Heteronympha paradelpha at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Mar 2017
Orthetrum caledonicum at Wonboyn, NSW - 9 Feb 2017
Austroscolia soror at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Feb 2017
Orthetrum caledonicum at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Jan 2017
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Geitonura acantha at Wonboyn, NSW - 6 Jan 2017
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Austroagrion watsoni at Wonboyn, NSW - 29 Dec 2016
Austroagrion watsoni at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Dec 2016
Chauliognathus sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Nov 2016
Ischnura aurora at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Nov 2016
Melangyna sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Nov 2016
Pseudopantilius australis at Wonboyn, NSW - 31 Oct 2016
Argynnina cyrila at Wonboyn, NSW - 31 Oct 2016
Austrolestes psyche at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Oct 2016
Austrolestes leda at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Oct 2016
Austrolestes leda at Wonboyn, NSW - 26 Oct 2016
Orthorhinus cylindrirostris at Wonboyn, NSW - 24 Oct 2016
Venator spenceri at Wonboyn, NSW - 5 Oct 2016
Plecia dimidiata at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Oct 2016
Venatrix mckayi at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Oct 2016
Hemicordulia australiae at Wonboyn, NSW - 20 Mar 2016
Chrysolopus spectabilis at Wonboyn, NSW - 27 Feb 2016
Glycaspis sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Feb 2016
Polistes (Polistella) humilis at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Feb 2016
Heteronympha paradelpha at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Feb 2016
Tisiphone abeona at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Feb 2016
Sextius sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Feb 2016
Heteronympha paradelpha at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Feb 2016
Thynnus sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 27 Jan 2016
Chauliognathus imperialis at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Jan 2016
Ectomocoris patricius at Wonboyn, NSW - 10 Jan 2016
Orthodera ministralis at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Dec 2015
Ellipsidion sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Dec 2015
Lissopimpla excelsa at Wonboyn, NSW - 9 Dec 2015
Nerthra sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 25 Nov 2015
Ishidaella sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 23 Nov 2015
Castiarina scalaris at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Nov 2015
Simosyrphus grandicornis at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Nov 2015
Argynnina cyrila at Wonboyn, NSW - 1 Nov 2015
Austrolestes cingulatus at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Oct 2015
Oncopeltus sordidus at Wonboyn, NSW - 31 Jan 2015
Oncopeltus sordidus at Wonboyn, NSW - 27 Jan 2015
Geitonura acantha at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Jan 2015
Geitonura acantha at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jan 2015
Paraoxypilus tasmaniensis at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jan 2015
Lamprima aurata at Wonboyn, NSW - 26 Nov 2014
Adversaeschna brevistyla at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Oct 2014
Eupoecila australasiae at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Oct 2014
Tasmanicosa godeffroyi at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Feb 2014
Spilosoma curvata at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Oct 2017
Caladenia carnea at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Oct 2017
Glyphipterix cometophora at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Oct 2017
Simosyrphus grandicornis at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Oct 2017
Venator spenceri at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Oct 2017
Venatrix australiensis at Wonboyn, NSW - 27 Sep 2017
Taxeotis perlinearia at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Sep 2017
BRACONIDAE at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Sep 2017
Exoneura sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Sep 2017
Austrolestes io at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Sep 2017
Orthodera ministralis at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Apr 2017
Polistes (Polistella) humilis at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Mar 2017
Acrida conica at Wonboyn, NSW - 20 Mar 2017
Hypocysta metirius at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Mar 2017
Heteronympha paradelpha at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Mar 2017
Orthetrum caledonicum at Wonboyn, NSW - 9 Feb 2017
Austroscolia soror at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Feb 2017
Orthetrum caledonicum at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Jan 2017
Austroargiolestes icteromelas icteromelas at Wonboyn, NSW - 6 Jan 2017
Geitonura acantha at Wonboyn, NSW - 6 Jan 2017
Hemicordulia tau at Wonboyn, NSW - 29 Dec 2016
Austroagrion watsoni at Wonboyn, NSW - 29 Dec 2016
Austroagrion watsoni at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Dec 2016
Chauliognathus sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Nov 2016
Ischnura aurora at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Nov 2016
Melangyna sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Nov 2016
Pseudopantilius australis at Wonboyn, NSW - 31 Oct 2016
Argynnina cyrila at Wonboyn, NSW - 31 Oct 2016
Austrolestes psyche at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Oct 2016
Austrolestes leda at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Oct 2016
Austrolestes leda at Wonboyn, NSW - 26 Oct 2016
Orthorhinus cylindrirostris at Wonboyn, NSW - 24 Oct 2016
Venator spenceri at Wonboyn, NSW - 5 Oct 2016
Plecia dimidiata at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Oct 2016
Venatrix mckayi at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Oct 2016
Hemicordulia australiae at Wonboyn, NSW - 20 Mar 2016
Chrysolopus spectabilis at Wonboyn, NSW - 27 Feb 2016
Glycaspis sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Feb 2016
Polistes (Polistella) humilis at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Feb 2016
Heteronympha paradelpha at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Feb 2016
Tisiphone abeona at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Feb 2016
Sextius sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Feb 2016
Heteronympha paradelpha at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Feb 2016
Thynnus sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 27 Jan 2016
Chauliognathus imperialis at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Jan 2016
Ectomocoris patricius at Wonboyn, NSW - 10 Jan 2016
Orthodera ministralis at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Dec 2015
Ellipsidion sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Dec 2015
Lissopimpla excelsa at Wonboyn, NSW - 9 Dec 2015
Nerthra sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 25 Nov 2015
Ishidaella sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 23 Nov 2015
Castiarina scalaris at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Nov 2015
Simosyrphus grandicornis at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Nov 2015
Argynnina cyrila at Wonboyn, NSW - 1 Nov 2015
Austrolestes cingulatus at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Oct 2015
Oncopeltus sordidus at Wonboyn, NSW - 31 Jan 2015
Oncopeltus sordidus at Wonboyn, NSW - 27 Jan 2015
Geitonura acantha at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Jan 2015
Geitonura acantha at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jan 2015
Paraoxypilus tasmaniensis at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jan 2015
Lamprima aurata at Wonboyn, NSW - 26 Nov 2014
Adversaeschna brevistyla at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Oct 2014
Eupoecila australasiae at Wonboyn, NSW - 3 Oct 2014
Tasmanicosa godeffroyi at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Feb 2014

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