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  Gumleaf Grasshopper (Goniaea sp)





Gumleaf Grasshopper | Goniaea sp photo
A leaf-shaped grasshopper (Goniaea sp.) in Western Australia

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GUMLEAF GRASSHOPPER FACTS

Identification
Goniaea is a genus of grasshoppers that resemble a dead leaf, with similar mottling and veins as a brown leaf. There is a prominent ridge on the plate behind the head. Some species have the appearance of a Eucalypt leaf or Gem leaf, and other species resemble an Acacia (Wattle) leaf. This camouflage helps the species survive in the Australian bush. Both males and females have wings.

Size
about 4cm

Habitat
on the ground in woodland or bushland amongst leaf litter

Food
feeds on plant foliage

Breeding
the grasshopper life cycle has three stages from egg to nymph to adult. The female lays eggs in the ground which hatch into tiny nymphs. The nymphs which look like small wingless grasshoppers go through several moults before becoming adult grasshoppers.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Orthoptera
Family:Acrididae
Genus:Goniaea
Species:sp
Common Name:Gumleaf Grasshopper