Sighting

Glenda Walter 29 May 2017

Spiny legged rainforest katydid

Spiny legged rainforest katydid 1

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Sighted 28 May 2017
148 Mountain View Rd, Maleny QLD 4552, Australia

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Identifications

  • Ken Walker 1 June 2017
    Phricta
    (genus)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Phricta
    Ken Walker says

    David Rentz commented on these images: "That's a nymph of a very nice and not too common katydid, Phricta tortuwallina Rentz, Su, Ueshima. It is known from a few localities on the Tablelands as well as Mt Lewis.” This species name is not currently in the BowerBird MasterNames list.

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  • Ethan Beaver 29 May 2017
    Phricta aberrans
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Phricta: aberrans
    Common Names: Grasshoppers, Spiny Rainforest Katydid
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  • Glenda Walter 29 May 2017
    Phricta spinosa
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Phricta: spinosa
    Common Names: Grasshoppers, Katydids, Long-horned Grasshoppers, Bush Crickets
    Glenda Walter says

    I visited Mary Cairncross Park at Maleny today, and the rangers had just brought inside this interesting 3 cm long insect, found when they were cleaning up treefern fronds. Because it had short antennae, I thought it might be a grasshopper, but it seems to be a spiny legged forest katydid which may have had a accident with its antennae. I had never heard of this creature, but there are lots of images on the internet. Can someone tell me if this is a nymph? If so, do nymphs have short antennae? It has an ovipositor, and tiny wing stubs - do females grow large wings, or will they stay small like this? Apparently there are four Australian species in the genus - have I chosen the correct one?

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Notes

  • Glenda Walter 1 June 2017
    Tagged With spiny katydid
    Glenda Walter says

    Thanks to Ethan, Ken and David Rentz for identifying this amazing little creature.

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  • Glenda Walter 29 May 2017
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