Key's Matchstick Grasshopper (Keyacris scurra)
This grasshopper was once very common but has been listed as endangered by the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee and a recovery program is being enacted. We would appreciate any records of the species. (See reference.)
It is flightless, and unlike most grasshoppers it is survives and grows through the winter. With the warming weather of spring it becomes more active and breeding occurs. This is a good time to look out for this grasshopper. A good place to look is where there are patches of Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) and its favourite food of the Common Everlasting Daisy (Chrysocephalum apiculatum).
For more information and photos, see:-