Common Macrotona Grasshopper, Macrotona australis Click to enlarge image
Common Macrotona Grasshopper, Macrotona australis Image: Andrew Allen
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    australis
    Genus
    Macrotona
    Subfamily
    Catantopinae
    Family
    Acrididae
    Super Family
    Acridoidea
    Suborder
    Caelifera
    Order
    Orthoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    1.7 cm - 3.0 cm

Introduction

The Common Macrotona Grasshopper belongs to a group known as 'spur-throated grasshoppers'.

Identification

The distinctive feature of tthe spur-throated grasshoppers is the presence of a swelling on the 'throat' area between the front legs. Its colour varies from red through to grey. However, most individuals have a reddish bronze colouring behind the hind legs.

Habitat

The Common Macrotona Grasshopper is often found in association with spinifex grass in heath habitats. It also lives in urban areas.

Distribution

The Common Macrotona Grasshopper is found in south-eastern Australia in New South Wales and Victoria.