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.
MapsTidbinbilla Nature Reserve Pine Island to Point Hut Gibraltar Pines Namadgi National Park Bullen Range Tuggeranong Hill Kambah Pool Mulligans Flat Crace Grasslands Hall Cemetery Kosciuszko National Park Pomaderris Nature Reserve
PlacesPaddys River, ACT Conder, ACT Tralee, NSW Stromlo, ACT Kaleen, ACT Royalla, NSW Kambah, ACT Gungahlin, ACT Forde, ACT Mitchell, ACT Booth, ACT Rendezvous Creek, ACT Hall, ACT Royalla, ACT Goobarragandra, NSW Tuggeranong DC, ACT Gundary, NSW
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