Common Pyrgomorph Click to enlarge image
Common Pyrgomorph, Monistria discrepans (Walker, 1871) Image: Arthur Chapman
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    discrepens
    Genus
    Monistria
    Subfamily
    Pyrgomorphinae
    Family
    Pyrgomorphidae
    Super Family
    Acridoidea
    Suborder
    Caelifera
    Order
    Orthoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    3 cm

Introduction

The Common Pyrgomorph belongs to the family Pyrgomorphidae, which includes the smallest grasshoppers in Australia and some of the largest.

Identification

When threatened, many species in this group display brightly coloured wings (usually red or orange) as a defence.

Habitat

The Common Pyrgomorph lives in urban areas and heath. It is often found among the coastal shrub, Westringia fructicosa.

Distribution

The Common Pyrgomorph is found in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.