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  Bark-mimicking Grasshopper (Coryphistes ruricola)





Bark-mimicking Grasshopper | Coryphistes ruricola photo
Bark-mimicking Grasshopper on Bougainvillea plant

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Bark-mimicking Grasshopper | Coryphistes ruricola photo
Bark-mimicking Grasshopper has flattened sword-shaped antennae

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Bark-mimicking Grasshopper is a grey-brown colour with textured pattern. They are well camouflaged when at rest on a tree trunk. They have sword shaped antennae, flattened at the base. Their eyes have a marbled pattern. During the day time, they often rest on tree with rough bark surface, and are hard to see against the bark texture.

Size
body length 40mm-50mm

Habitat
trees and foliage

Food
feeds on foliage of acacia and other shrubs.

Range
found throughout Australia except Tasmania



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Orthoptera
Family:Acrididae
Genus:Coryphistes
Species:ruricola
Common Name:Bark-mimicking Grasshopper