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. See this page:- from the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee.

"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.

Keyacris scurra is listed in the following regions:

Canberra & Southern Tablelands

Page 1 of 1 - image sightings only

2,140,426 sightings of 19,812 species in 6,324 locations from 11,069 contributors
CCA 3.0 | privacy
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land and acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.