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  Hedge Grasshopper (Valanga irregularis)





Hedge Grasshopper | Valanga irregularis photo
Adult grasshoppers are brown. They goes through several moults with the wings appearing fully at the last moult.

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Hedge Grasshopper | Valanga irregularis photo
Grasshopper

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Hedge Grasshopper | Valanga irregularis photo
Grasshopper nymph - the wings are just starting to develop.

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Hedge Grasshopper | Valanga irregularis photo
Grasshopper on Camellia seed pod.

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Hedge Grasshopper | Valanga irregularis photo
Young grasshoppers (nymphs) have no wings

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HEDGE GRASSHOPPER FACTS

Identification
The adult Hedge Grasshopper is a large pale brown grasshopper. The nymphs start off green, and sometimes have brown and orange patterns, turning brown before the final moult. Adults hibernate over winter.

Size
up to 85mm

Habitat
on foliage of shrubs and trees

Food
feeds on various garden plants such as hibiscus and palms

Breeding
lays eggs that hatch into wingless baby grasshoppers called nymphs.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Orthoptera
Family:Acrididae
Genus:Valanga
Species:irregularis
Common Name:Hedge Grasshopper