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Green-legged Matchstick
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Peakesia Grasshopper
Apotropina & Perbelliina 
Epallia Grasshopper
Cooloola Shortwing
Wingless Grasshopper 
Mimetic Gumleaf Ghopper
Black-kneed Gum leaf Ghopr
Slender Gumleaf Ghopper
Gumleaf Grasshopper
Common Pardillana
Common Adreppus
Pale Stem Grasshopper  
Bark-mimicking Ghopper I
Bark-mimicking Ghopper II
Macrotona & Maclystriina
Handsome Macrotona
False Perloccia
Green-legs Grasshopper 
Spur-throated Locust
Giant Grasshopper
Froggatt's Buzzer
Golden Bandwing
Giant Green Slantface
Long-legged Bandwing 
Yellow-winged Locust 
Creek Pygmy Grasshopper
Forest Pygmy Grasshopper 
Unidentified Ghoppers 


Beautiful Methiola - Methiola sp. 4

Family Acrididae 

This page contains pictures and information about the Beautiful Methiola Grasshoppers that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 20mm
Beautiful Methiola is a medium size grasshopper. Both adult males and females are flightless with reduced-wings. The body is grey-brown in colour with black strips. However, the hind legs are beautiful with multiple colours, from pale brown to green to blue then black. The keen s are black in colour.  
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Photos were taken near Beacon Road, Mt Tamborine on Apr 2011.  
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                                                                                                                                                        Carbrook Wetland, Mar 2011                              
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Ford Road Conservation Area, Mar 2011.           Carbrook Wetland, Mar 2010                              Mt Coot-tha, Mar 2010
The grasshoppers were usually found feeding or resting on leaves not too far away from flash waters. They are fairly common in the wet part of Eucalypt forests in Brisbane. 
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                                                                                                                                                        Toohey Forest, Apr 2010
Like most other grasshoppers, early in the morning, they like to rest under directly sunlight to warm up they body. Before they warm up, they are not very active and will let us took close-up pictures. After they warm up, they will jump away when we come within a meter.

1. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p179.
2. A Guide to Australian Grasshoppers and Locusts - DCF Rentz, RC Lewis, YN Su and MS Upton, 2003, p77.

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