Matchstick grasshoppers (Morabinae)

 

After watching a brown toothpick flail around on the ground in front of me, I realized it wasn’t just a leaf fragment being carried by the wind. This grasshopper only seemed to settle down once it found a thin stem. It flattened its ovipositor to match the contour of the stem, sometimes even making impressive 180 degree maneuvers to reverse its orientation – a motion resembling the hands of a clock.

Two morphs of a matchstick grasshopper (Morabinae), a clade of orthopterans endemic to Australia

NSW, Australia

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High resolution: Green morph https://flic.kr/p/ZfvJym, Brown morph https://flic.kr/p/YdzxRJ

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