Wednesday, 19 August 2009

A grasshopper? Really?

This strange-looking insect that I found at Shute Harbour this morning had me searching the web. Apparently it's a Matchstick Grasshopper, also known as a Morabine or Monkey Grasshopper, in the Family Eumastacidae. (I'm happy to be corrected on this ID.) It's body and head is very elongated and it has large compound eyes.

There are several interesting walks at Shute Harbour, not too long, not too strenuous. It would be good to visit them in the wet season but there's no way you'll get me back here in the wet, even with the added attraction of a new grandson.

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