Grasshopper, giant, very unsuaul
February 4, 2010
We discovered this grasshopper? bug – appears to be like prefer it simply hatched or is just not effectively. It’s about 6″, or 12cm lengthy. Once we discovered it, its deep pink corrugated wanting wings had been open fairly vast and the leaf wanting bits on the prime of the wings had been standing up. We purchased it dwelling to watch it however it didn’t open its wings once more. It was strolling round on some bark that we collected for it. Ultimately, we put it on a tree to see if it will open its wings, however it walked up the tree and we had been busy and couldn’t watch it any extra. Pics connected. Can’t get the pic exhibiting the entire grasshopper to load. It’s the similar dimension because the others.
South East Queensland, Australia
This can be a Goliath Stick Insect, Eurycnema goliath, which we recognized on the Brisbane Insect web site. The people pictured there have extra mottled coloration the place your specimen appears to be extra evenly inexperienced. The brilliant pink wings are evident in your specimen and the photographs posted on-line. The Brisbane Insect Web site signifies: “By watching the Goliath, we discover that it has at the very least the next defence mechanisms. In fact its main mechanism is its heavy camouflage. Its appearances and its motion resembles twigs or branches in order that it could conceal away from predators. It’s second defence mechanism is to scare its predators. When disturbed it can show the intense purple color underneath its wings and the eyes-patterns between the thorax and rear legs. Along with a swishing sound apparently coming from the wings. It’ll additionally kick its spiny legs which can assist frighten the predator. We additionally seen that the Goliath we discovered, considered one of its rear leg is lacking, the opposite rear leg is just a little bit shorter than regular (examine with photos in reference books) and one of many entrance legs is extraordinarily small. This indicated that it misplaced components of its legs at the very least 3 times. This might be its final defence mechanism, for when its legs are held by its predator, a hen for instance, it loses its leg intentionally and drops to the bottom, the hen could not discover the Goliath stick for its camouflage. “ In lots of Stick Bugs, the feminine is the bigger, and we consider your specimen is a feminine. Please strive responding to our response and attaching the opposite picture. We might like to see the entire insect.
The Brisbane Insect Web site additionally states: “Goliath Stick Bugs eat lots of vegetation supplies and so they depart lots of droppings. To keep away from the predators discover them by their droppings, the insect has a really particular approach to deal with it. On the rear finish of the bugs’ stomach, they’ve three giant filaments. The center filament holds the dropping when it comes out. The stick bugs will flip their stomach to throw their droppings just a few meters away.“
Thanks in your reply. It was such an attention-grabbing expertise discovering this insect this morning. I don’t know if it’s the similar as those within the hyperlink to Brisbane Insect web site – its physique was extra substantial and its head was very high-quality in comparison with the extra obtuse head on those on that net web page. Anyhow, I’ve connected 2 extra pics so that you can see.
Thanks for sending the opposite picture Jan. We are actually assured that this can be a Goliath Stick Insect, although the coloration is totally different from many of the photographs we discovered on-line.
Correction: March 28, 2013
Because of a remark from Becky, we now know that this can be a Pink Winged Stick Insect, Podacanthus typhon, and we positioned an identical picture on OzAnimals which states: “present in south east Australia in New South Wales and Victoria.” It’s described as: “The Pink-winged Phasma has placing pink wings with reddish pink veins and inexperienced vanguard. The entrance pair of wings are brief and inexperienced. The wing covers are pale inexperienced and ridged within the centre. The legs are reddish pink and pretty brief. The mesothorax is brief and slim with quite a few tubercles. The physique is lengthy and pink above with final phase inexperienced, with two lengthy skinny cerci. Each women and men can fly.”