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Crickets and Katydids

Green-legged Matchstick
Green-body Matchstick
Brown-striped Matchstick
Mottled Matchstick 
Common Pyrgomorph
Musgrave's Psednura
Green Grass Pyrgimorph
Diving Grasshopper
Creek Grasshopper
Garden Bermius
Common Gesonula
Rice Grasshopper
Beautiful Methiola
Little Black-knees
Bicoloured Cedarinia
Eastern Inland Cedarinia
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 


Musgrave's Psednura - Psednura musgravei

Family Pyrgomorphidae

This page contains pictures and information about Musgrave's Psednura that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Female, body length 50mm
This Pyrgimorph can be found on grasses and sedges. Its stem-like and slender body make them camouflage well when they are hiding within grasses. They rest with head upwards, holding the grass stem with the front two pairs of tiny short legs. 
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When come closer to them, they try to hide by slowly move to the other side of the stem. When disturbed, they move up and down of the stem by the front two pairs of short legs.
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Above pictures were taken on March 2010 in Carbrook Wetland. 
Adults are wingless. They look very similar to those Matchsticks, but can be distinguished by the antenna and the back of their "neck".   
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Male, body length 30mm 
Above pictures was taken on Feb 2011 in Ford Road Conservation Area.

1. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p168, plate230.
2. A revision of the Psednurini (Orthoptera : Pyrogomorphidae) - KHL Key, 1972, Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series 20 (14) 1 - 72. 

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