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Keyacris scurra

Key's Matchstick Grasshopper

This rare and unusual grasshopper is flightless, and unlike most grasshoppers it is active during the winter. It is now a declared threatened species in NSW and a recovery program is being enacted. We would appreciate any records.

"Grasshoppers lay their eggs in pods inserted into the soil. Most species hatch in spring, the immatures (nymphs) passing through several moults to mature in summer. Key’s Matchstick is unusual in that the eggs hatch in late summer or autumn. Males mature quickly, becoming adults by May, but females continue through the winter as nymphs, maturing in spring. Mating takes place in spring and early summer, followed by egg laying, then the adults die. Thus they avoid the desiccating summer conditions  altogether. There is one generation per year.” The quote is from the Friends of Grasslands newsletter of Nov-Dec 2000, and the author was Kim Pullen.

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Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 16 Apr 2021 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 16 Apr 2021 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Bullen Range - 15 Apr 2021 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall Cemetery - 14 Apr 2021 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Pomaderris Nature Reserve - 12 Apr 2021 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall Cemetery - 16 Sep 2020 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 28 Sep 2017 by MatthewFrawley Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 3 Sep 2017 by ClubFED Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 3 Sep 2017 by AlisonMilton Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 2 Sep 2017 by SallyandPeter Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 12 Sep 2016 by JasonC Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Tuggeranong Hill - 13 Jun 2000 by michaelb
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 16 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 16 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Bullen Range - 15 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall Cemetery - 14 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Pomaderris Nature Reserve - 12 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall Cemetery - 16 Sep 2020 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 28 Sep 2017 by MatthewFrawley
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 3 Sep 2017 by ClubFED
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 3 Sep 2017 by AlisonMilton
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 2 Sep 2017 by SallyandPeter
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mulligans Flat - 12 Sep 2016 by JasonC
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Tuggeranong Hill - 13 Jun 2000 by michaelb

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  • Keyacris scurra Scientific name
  • Key's Matchstick Grasshopper Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive
  • 632.8787m to 683m Recorded at altitude
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