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Katydid (Tettigoniidae)Phaneropterinae

Bush Katydids at Panboola

Phaneropterinae at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018

Identification history

Katydid (Tettigoniidae) Phaneropterinae 2 Dec 2018 Paul Whitington
Katydid (Tettigoniidae) TETTIGONIIDAE 12 Nov 2018 Paul Whitington
Unidentified 11 Nov 2018 Paul Whitington

5 comments

   12 Nov 2018
An early nymph, probably first instar of a katydid species. One candidate could be Polichne parvicauda, a broadly distributed species found in grasslands.
   2 Dec 2018
A serendipitous identification! In the latest issue of the Victorian Entomologist v.48 no. 6, Linda Rogan shows images of the eggs and larval stages which she collected and reared from Torbia perficita. There is no doubt that the individual shown in this sighting is a first instar nymph of this species.
RogerF wrote:
   2 Dec 2018
There are a number of species of ant-mimicking first instar phaneropterines, so you can't be certain this is a Torbia. Very difficult to know without rearing through. So I would suggest leaving it as a Phaneropterine species. They feed quite readily on lettuce in a vivarium.
   2 Dec 2018
Take your point Roger. I was just struck by the similarity between Linda Rogan’s images and the photo in this sighting. The first instar nymph of the related species T. viridissima shown on p. 181 of David Rentz’s katydid guide does look a bit different to this one. But I agree that this is a difficult issue. So I’ll go with your suggestion of making it a Phaneropterinae species. Many thanks for your input on this.
RogerF wrote:
   2 Dec 2018
We are fortunate that we have images of the early grasshopper instars of many species in David's grasshopper country. We need the same for tettigoniids. Again with pictures of the phaneropterine eggs submitted, it would be difficult to separate the species of Torbia and possibly other phaneropterines.

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Haliaeetus leucogaster (White-bellied Sea-eagle) at Panboola - 2 May 2019
Pteropus poliocephalus (Grey-headed Flying-fox) at Panboola - 15 Apr 2019
Pteropus poliocephalus (Grey-headed Flying-fox) at Panboola - 7 Apr 2019
Pteropus poliocephalus (Grey-headed Flying-fox) at Panboola - 15 Feb 2019
Pteropus poliocephalus (Grey-headed Flying-fox) at Panboola - 14 Feb 2019
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairy-wren) at Panboola - 28 Jan 2019
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Panboola - 6 Jan 2019
Opisthoncus sp. (Jumping spider) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Opisthoncus sp. (Jumping spider) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
CHRYSIDIDAE sp. (family) (Cuckoo wasp or Emerald wasp) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Orthodera ministralis (Green mantid) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Micraspis frenata (Striped Ladybird) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Unidentified Ant / Bee / Wasp (TBC) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Unidentified Moth (TBC) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Unidentified Other Insect (TBC) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Acanthiza pusilla (Brown Thornbill) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Opisthoncus sp. (Jumping spider) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Panboola - 10 Nov 2018
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Panboola - 23 Apr 2018
Rhipidura albiscapa (Grey Fantail) at Panboola - 10 Apr 2018
Stictonetta naevosa (Freckled Duck) at Panboola - 4 Apr 2018
Lycopus australis (Australian Gipsywort) at Panboola - 10 Jan 2018
Carduelis carduelis (European Goldfinch) at Panboola - 3 Oct 2017
Acanthiza pusilla (Brown Thornbill) at Panboola - 13 Aug 2017
Ardea alba (Great Egret) at Panboola - 30 Apr 2017
Porphyrio porphyrio (Purple Swamphen) at Panboola - 29 Apr 2017
Eopsaltria australis (Eastern Yellow Robin) at Panboola - 29 Apr 2017
Pteropus poliocephalus (Grey-headed Flying-fox) at Panboola - 29 Apr 2017
Turdus merula (Eurasian Blackbird) at Panboola - 12 Mar 2017
Macropus giganteus (Eastern Grey Kangaroo) at Panboola - 4 Mar 2017
Streptopelia chinensis (Spotted Turtle-dove) at Panboola - 4 Mar 2017
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Panboola - 13 Jan 2017
Melaleuca ericifolia (Swamp Paperbark) at Panboola - 4 Jan 2017
Pteropus poliocephalus (Grey-headed Flying-fox) at Panboola - 4 Jan 2017
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairy-wren) at Panboola - 24 Sep 2016
Rhipidura albiscapa (Grey Fantail) at Panboola - 14 Jan 2015
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairy-wren) at Panboola - 17 Apr 2013
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Panboola - 24 Jul 2012

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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