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Handsome Macrotona
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Handsome Macrotona Grasshopper - Macrotona mjoebergi

Family Acrididae

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

Female laying eggs, body length 30mm
The Handsome Macrotona Grasshoppers are black in colour with white strips from head to wing tip. Its abdomen is reddish-yellow in colour. The grasshoppers rest on eucalyptus forest floor, when we walk across, they jump and flies a few meters away and hide within plant materials on ground. Both male and female are fully winged. Their antennae are relatively short, with flattened tip.
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The Handsome Macrotona Grasshopper can be found in eucalyptus forest associated with Spinifex grass Triodia. The above pictures are taken in Alexandra Hill Conservation Area. near Coolnwynpin Creek.
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Some of their adults have dark grey hind legs while some others have bright reddish-yellow hind legs. However, their head and wings colour are the same.  
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In late summer Feb 2008, we saw a female laying eggs on a sandy footpath in Karawatha Forest. 
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Feb 2009 in Ford Road Conservation Area.  
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1. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p189.
2. A Guide to Australian Grasshoppers and Locusts - DCF Rentz, RC Lewis, YN Su and MS Upton, 2003, p281.

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