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Cricket (Orthoptera, several families)Calperum sp. (genus)    

3 A recently described genus of pygmy cricket at Mount Painter

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Calperum sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Calperum sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Calperum sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018

Identification history

Cricket (Orthoptera, several families) Calperum sp. (genus) 4 Mar 2019 MichaelMulvaney
Cricket (Orthoptera, several families) Bobilla sp. (genus) 18 Mar 2018 RogerF
Cricket (Orthoptera, several families) Bobilla sp. (genus) 18 Mar 2018 CathB

Significant sighting

  4 Mar 2019

First record of this genus of Pygmy Cricket in the Canberra area, an undescribed possibly new species

6 comments

Youning wrote:
   21 Nov 2018
Calperum sp.
jgl wrote:
   4 Mar 2019
Youning Su is the Orthoptera scientist at the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO, Canberra. He is currently publishing an Australian cricket field guide (in-press) with retired CSIRO scientist David Rentz. This specimen (genus) should be marked as a significant sighting: until very recently, the genus Calperum was known only from Calperum station just north of Renmark, South Australia, and from Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Very recently, a specimen was found near Round Hill, NSW (just north of Wagga Wagga). Finding this genus in Canberra is astonishing given its proximity to the Australian National Insect Collection, which has been sampling the Canberra insect fauna for nearly a century. After seeing this record Youning Su managed to collect a specimens, and established that these crickets were not active after 8 AM (but perhaps were active through the night). This unusual activity, apparently restricted to the early morning, is perhaps why they have never been recorded in the ACT.
RogerF wrote:
   4 Mar 2019
Indeed a great find, congratulations to Cath. Such small crickets are often overlooked and are good at avoiding cameras and close-ups. Was this specimen in grassland or woodland?
   4 Mar 2019
Well done Cath you legend.
jgl wrote:
   5 Mar 2019
Original description: Rentz, D.C.F. & Su, Y.N. 1996. New apterous Pygmy Crickets from Australia with notes on their habitats and re-evaluation of characters defining the Australian genera (Gryllidae: Nemobgiinae). Journal of Orthoptera Research 5: 185-198

Yet to be determined if its the same species
CathB wrote:
   5 Mar 2019
Thanks everyone. It was found very close to a fairly sharp boundary between woodland and grassland, but on the woodland side. This particular area was excluded from a prescribed burn in 2014.
When I checked my original photos, I discovered a second one taken at the time which is possibly slightly clearer. I will try to add it now.

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(genus) (Bee Fly) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019 Calochilus platychilus (Purple beard orchid) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019 Calperum sp. (genus) (A recently described genus of pygmy cricket) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019 Glossodia major (Wax lip orchid) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019 Diuris chryseopsis (Golden moth) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019 Maratus chrysomelas (Variable Peacock Spider) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019 Diplodium sp. (A greenhood) at Mount Painter - 29 Mar 2019 Ptilogyna sp. (genus) (A crane fly) at Mount Painter - 29 Mar 2019 Termitoidae sp. (informal group) (Unidentified termite) at Mount Painter - 29 Mar 2019 Iridomyrmex rufoniger (Tufted Tyrant Ant) at Mount Painter - 29 Mar 2019 Mutillidae sp. (family) (Unidentified 'velvet ant') at Mount Painter - 29 Mar 2019 Calperum sp. (genus) (A recently described genus of pygmy cricket) at Mount Painter - 26 Mar 2019 Lycosidae sp. (family) (Unidentified wolf spider) at Mount Painter - 26 Mar 2019 Cerdistus sp. 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(family) (Unidentified chalcid wasp) at Mount Painter - 10 Nov 2018 Trichophthalma laetilinea (Tangled Vein Fly) at Mount Painter - 15 Oct 2018 Brachyloma daphnoides (Daphne Heath) at Mount Painter - 15 Oct 2018 Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Mount Painter - 2 Oct 2018 Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattlebird) at Mount Painter - 2 Oct 2018 Cryptandra amara (Bitter cryptandra) at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018 Microseris walteri (Murnong, Yam Daisy) at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018 Calochilus platychilus (Purple beard orchid) at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018 Diuris chryseopsis (Golden moth) at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018 Diuris chryseopsis (Golden moth) at Mount Painter - 24 Sep 2018 Philobota stella (A concealer moth) at Mount Painter - 12 Sep 2018 Mygalomorphae sp. (infraorder) (Unidentified mygalomorph spider) at Mount Painter - 12 Sep 2018 Unidentified Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 12 Sep 2018 Euryopis sp. (genus) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 26 Aug 2018 Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at Mount Painter - 26 Aug 2018 Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at Mount Painter - 26 Aug 2018 Diuris chryseopsis (Golden moth) at Mount Painter - 6 Aug 2018 Chalcididae sp. (family) (Unidentified chalcid wasp) at Mount Painter - 4 Jul 2018 Camponotus sp. (genus) (A sugar ant) at Mount Painter - 25 Jun 2018 Monomachus antipodalis (A parasitic wasp) at Mount Painter - 12 Jun 2018 Euryopis umbilicata (Striped tick spider) at Mount Painter - 24 May 2018 Diuris chryseopsis (Golden moth) at Mount Painter - 24 May 2018 Diuris hybrid at Mount Painter - 24 May 2018 Chrysopidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Green lacewing) at Mount Painter - 13 May 2018 Corunastylis clivicola (Rufous midge orchid) at Mount Painter - 12 May 2018 Speculantha rubescens (Blushing tiny greenhood) at Mount Painter - 12 May 2018 Boreoides subulatus (Wingless Soldier Fly) at Mount Painter - 28 Apr 2018 Arasia mollicoma (Flat-white Jumping Spider) at Mount Painter - 27 Apr 2018 Metopochetus compressus (Stilt fly) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018 Caladenia atrovespa (Green-comb Spider Orchid) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018 Unidentified True fly (Diptera) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018 Glossodia major (Wax lip orchid) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018 Eriochilus cucullatus (Parson's bands) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018 Diplodium truncatum (Little dumpies) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018 Iridomyrmex sp. (genus) (Ant) at Mount Painter - 25 Apr 2018 Simaethula sp. (genus) (A jumping spider) at Mount Painter - 21 Apr 2018 Chorista australis (Autumn scorpion fly) at Mount Painter - 21 Apr 2018 Ommatoiulus moreleti (Portuguese Millipede) at Mount Painter - 21 Apr 2018 Orthodera ministralis (Garden mantis) at Mount Painter - 20 Apr 2018 Cryptes baccatus (Wattle Tick Scale) at Mount Painter - 20 Apr 2018 Cychramptodes murrayi (Wattle tick scale predator) at Mount Painter - 18 Apr 2018
Unidentified Moth (Lepidoptera) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 16 May 2019
Unidentified Moth (Lepidoptera) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 9 May 2019
Metopochetus compressus (Stilt fly) at Mount Painter - 1 May 2019
Aleucosia sp. (genus) (Bee Fly) at Mount Painter - 9 Apr 2019
Ptilogyna sp. (genus) (A crane fly) at Mount Painter - 6 Apr 2019
Diuris sulphurea (Tiger orchid) at Mount Painter - 6 Apr 2019
Thelymitra pauciflora (Slender sun orchid) at Mount Painter - 6 Apr 2019
Unidentified Leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 6 Apr 2019
Crematogaster sp. (genus) (Acrobat ant, Cocktail ant) at Mount Painter - 3 Apr 2019
Tetrigidae (family) (Groundhopper or Pygmy grasshopper) at Mount Painter - 3 Apr 2019
Lycosidae sp. (family) (Unidentified wolf spider) at Mount Painter - 3 Apr 2019
Thelymitra brevifolia (Short-leaf sun orchid) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019
Thelymitra megcalyptra (Swollen sun orchid) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019
Aleucosia sp. (genus) (Bee Fly) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019
Calochilus platychilus (Purple beard orchid) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019
Calperum sp. (genus) (A recently described genus of pygmy cricket) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019
Glossodia major (Wax lip orchid) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019
Diuris chryseopsis (Golden moth) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019
Maratus chrysomelas (Variable Peacock Spider) at Mount Painter - 2 Apr 2019
Diplodium sp. (A greenhood) at Mount Painter - 29 Mar 2019
Ptilogyna sp. (genus) (A crane fly) at Mount Painter - 29 Mar 2019
Termitoidae sp. (informal group) (Unidentified termite) at Mount Painter - 29 Mar 2019
Iridomyrmex rufoniger (Tufted Tyrant Ant) at Mount Painter - 29 Mar 2019
Mutillidae sp. (family) (Unidentified 'velvet ant') at Mount Painter - 29 Mar 2019
Calperum sp. (genus) (A recently described genus of pygmy cricket) at Mount Painter - 26 Mar 2019
Lycosidae sp. (family) (Unidentified wolf spider) at Mount Painter - 26 Mar 2019
Cerdistus sp. (genus) (Robber fly) at Mount Painter - 26 Mar 2019
Rutilia (Donovanius) sp. (genus & subgenus) (A Bristle Fly) at Mount Painter - 26 Mar 2019
Pheidole sp. (genus) (Seed-harvesting ant) at Mount Painter - 25 Mar 2019
Corunastylis clivicola (Rufous midge orchid) at Mount Painter - 24 Mar 2019
Tettigoniidae sp. (family) (Unidentified katydid) at Mount Painter - 24 Mar 2019
Calperum sp. (genus) (A recently described genus of pygmy cricket) at Mount Painter - 23 Mar 2019
Leptogaster sp. (genus) (Robber fly) at Mount Painter - 23 Mar 2019
Eriochilus cucullatus (Parson's bands) at Mount Painter - 16 Mar 2019
Chloropidae (family) (Frit fly) at Mount Painter - 12 Mar 2019
Eriochilus cucullatus (Parson's bands) at Mount Painter - 12 Mar 2019
Tiphiidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Smooth flower wasp) at Mount Painter - 23 Feb 2019
Corunastylis clivicola (Rufous midge orchid) at Mount Painter - 22 Feb 2019
Dolophones conifera (Wrap-around spider) at Mount Painter - 30 Jan 2019
Corunastylis clivicola (Rufous midge orchid) at Mount Painter - 30 Jan 2019
Philoponella congregabilis (Social house spider) at Mount Painter - 11 Jan 2019
Diphucrania sp. (genus) (Jewel beetle) at Mount Painter - 11 Jan 2019
Tiphiidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Smooth flower wasp) at Mount Painter - 11 Jan 2019
Cerdistus sp. (genus) (Robber fly) at Mount Painter - 28 Dec 2018
Diphucrania sp. (genus) (Jewel beetle) at Mount Painter - 28 Dec 2018
Glycine tabacina (Variable Glycine) at Mount Painter - 24 Dec 2018
Wahlenbergia luteola (Yellowish Bluebell) at Mount Painter - 5 Dec 2018
Jalmenus icilius (Amethyst Hairstreak) at Mount Painter - 5 Dec 2018
Helea ovata (Pie-dish beetle) at Mount Painter - 4 Dec 2018
Agrypnus sp. (genus) (Rough click beetle) at Mount Painter - 4 Dec 2018
Arrade destituta (A Noctuid moth) at Mount Painter - 21 Nov 2018
Destolmia lineata (Streaked Notodontid) at Mount Painter - 12 Nov 2018
Philobota impletella (A concealer moth) at Mount Painter - 11 Nov 2018
Cymbacha ocellata (Facemask crab spider) at Mount Painter - 11 Nov 2018
Camponotus suffusus (Golden-tailed sugar ant) at Mount Painter - 11 Nov 2018
Salticidae sp. 'Golden palps' (TBC) at Mount Painter - 11 Nov 2018
Homotrysis cisteloides (Darkling beetle) at Mount Painter - 11 Nov 2018
Calochilus platychilus (Purple beard orchid) at Mount Painter - 10 Nov 2018
Maratus purcellae (Purcell's peacock spider) at Mount Painter - 10 Nov 2018
Chalcididae sp. (family) (Unidentified chalcid wasp) at Mount Painter - 10 Nov 2018
Trichophthalma laetilinea (Tangled Vein Fly) at Mount Painter - 15 Oct 2018
Brachyloma daphnoides (Daphne Heath) at Mount Painter - 15 Oct 2018
Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Mount Painter - 2 Oct 2018
Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattlebird) at Mount Painter - 2 Oct 2018
Cryptandra amara (Bitter cryptandra) at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018
Microseris walteri (Murnong, Yam Daisy) at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018
Calochilus platychilus (Purple beard orchid) at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018
Diuris chryseopsis (Golden moth) at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018
Diuris chryseopsis (Golden moth) at Mount Painter - 24 Sep 2018
Philobota stella (A concealer moth) at Mount Painter - 12 Sep 2018
Mygalomorphae sp. (infraorder) (Unidentified mygalomorph spider) at Mount Painter - 12 Sep 2018
Unidentified Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 12 Sep 2018
Euryopis sp. (genus) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 26 Aug 2018
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at Mount Painter - 26 Aug 2018
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at Mount Painter - 26 Aug 2018
Diuris chryseopsis (Golden moth) at Mount Painter - 6 Aug 2018
Chalcididae sp. (family) (Unidentified chalcid wasp) at Mount Painter - 4 Jul 2018
Camponotus sp. (genus) (A sugar ant) at Mount Painter - 25 Jun 2018
Monomachus antipodalis (A parasitic wasp) at Mount Painter - 12 Jun 2018
Euryopis umbilicata (Striped tick spider) at Mount Painter - 24 May 2018
Diuris chryseopsis (Golden moth) at Mount Painter - 24 May 2018
Diuris hybrid at Mount Painter - 24 May 2018
Chrysopidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Green lacewing) at Mount Painter - 13 May 2018
Corunastylis clivicola (Rufous midge orchid) at Mount Painter - 12 May 2018
Speculantha rubescens (Blushing tiny greenhood) at Mount Painter - 12 May 2018
Boreoides subulatus (Wingless Soldier Fly) at Mount Painter - 28 Apr 2018
Arasia mollicoma (Flat-white Jumping Spider) at Mount Painter - 27 Apr 2018
Metopochetus compressus (Stilt fly) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Caladenia atrovespa (Green-comb Spider Orchid) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Unidentified True fly (Diptera) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Glossodia major (Wax lip orchid) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Eriochilus cucullatus (Parson's bands) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Diplodium truncatum (Little dumpies) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Iridomyrmex sp. (genus) (Ant) at Mount Painter - 25 Apr 2018
Simaethula sp. (genus) (A jumping spider) at Mount Painter - 21 Apr 2018
Chorista australis (Autumn scorpion fly) at Mount Painter - 21 Apr 2018
Ommatoiulus moreleti (Portuguese Millipede) at Mount Painter - 21 Apr 2018
Orthodera ministralis (Garden mantis) at Mount Painter - 20 Apr 2018
Cryptes baccatus (Wattle Tick Scale) at Mount Painter - 20 Apr 2018
Cychramptodes murrayi (Wattle tick scale predator) at Mount Painter - 18 Apr 2018

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