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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. 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.

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Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Boro, NSW - 14 Apr 2022 by Paul4K Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Boro, NSW - 28 Dec 2021 by Paul4K Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Paddys River, ACT - 14 Dec 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Paddys River, ACT - 21 Nov 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Forde, ACT - 29 Oct 2021 by gregbaines Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Forde, ACT - 26 Oct 2021 by gregbaines Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mount Clear, ACT - 24 Oct 2021 by MichaelMulvaney Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Paddys River, ACT - 24 Oct 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall, ACT - 22 Oct 2021 by Christine Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mount Clear, ACT - 17 Oct 2021 by Ned_Johnston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Tuggeranong DC, ACT - 8 Oct 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall, ACT - 28 Sep 2021 by Christine Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 25 Sep 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 25 Sep 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Conder, ACT - 17 Sep 2021 by michaelb Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Sep 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Sep 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Sep 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 20 Aug 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 19 Aug 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 17 Aug 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 16 Aug 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Aug 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Aug 2021 by HelenCross Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Jacka, ACT - 5 Aug 2021 by Tapirlord Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Forde, ACT - 16 Apr 2021 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Forde, ACT - 16 Apr 2021 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Tuggeranong DC, ACT - 15 Apr 2021 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall, ACT - 14 Apr 2021 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Gundary, NSW - 12 Apr 2021 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall, ACT - 16 Sep 2020 by tpreston Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Forde, ACT - 28 Sep 2017 by MatthewFrawley Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Gungahlin, ACT - 3 Sep 2017 by ClubFED Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Gungahlin, ACT - 3 Sep 2017 by AlisonMilton Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Gungahlin, ACT - 2 Sep 2017 by SallyandPeter Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Gungahlin, ACT - 12 Sep 2016 by JasonC Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Conder, ACT - 13 Jun 2000 by michaelb Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Conder, ACT - 9 Sep 1999 by michaelb
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Boro, NSW - 14 Apr 2022 by Paul4K
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Boro, NSW - 28 Dec 2021 by Paul4K
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Paddys River, ACT - 14 Dec 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Paddys River, ACT - 21 Nov 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Forde, ACT - 29 Oct 2021 by gregbaines
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Forde, ACT - 26 Oct 2021 by gregbaines
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mount Clear, ACT - 24 Oct 2021 by MichaelMulvaney
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Paddys River, ACT - 24 Oct 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall, ACT - 22 Oct 2021 by Christine
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Mount Clear, ACT - 17 Oct 2021 by Ned_Johnston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Tuggeranong DC, ACT - 8 Oct 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall, ACT - 28 Sep 2021 by Christine
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 25 Sep 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 25 Sep 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Conder, ACT - 17 Sep 2021 by michaelb
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Sep 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Sep 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Sep 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 20 Aug 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 19 Aug 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 17 Aug 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 16 Aug 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Aug 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Kambah, ACT - 15 Aug 2021 by HelenCross
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Jacka, ACT - 5 Aug 2021 by Tapirlord
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Forde, ACT - 16 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Forde, ACT - 16 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Tuggeranong DC, ACT - 15 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall, ACT - 14 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Gundary, NSW - 12 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Hall, ACT - 16 Sep 2020 by tpreston
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Forde, ACT - 28 Sep 2017 by MatthewFrawley
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Gungahlin, ACT - 3 Sep 2017 by ClubFED
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Gungahlin, ACT - 3 Sep 2017 by AlisonMilton
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Gungahlin, ACT - 2 Sep 2017 by SallyandPeter
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Gungahlin, ACT - 12 Sep 2016 by JasonC
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Conder, ACT - 13 Jun 2000 by michaelb
Keyacris scurra (Key's Matchstick Grasshopper) at Conder, ACT - 9 Sep 1999 by michaelb
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