TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › The Cat Lounge › i found the strangest grasshopper...
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

i found the strangest grasshopper...

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
i was making coffee this morning when i looked out the and saw nass sniffing something iv'e never seen before, i looked it up on the internet under crested grasshopper because of it's crest but only found one species that looks different to the one i found, plus the Giant crested grasshopper lives in southern NSW and Tasmania.

if anyone knows what it is i'd love to know








thanks



i forgot to mention - it's about 7cm long but i'm only judging by looking at it, i'm not brave enough to get that close
post #2 of 24
that is a really cool looking grasshopper or whatever it is! How big is it? Hard to tell from the picture.
post #3 of 24
whoa! I have no idea what it is, but it looks like it has a venus flytrap on its head.

I don't think Minneapolis has any interesting wildlife, unless you count rats or pigeons.
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jen
that is a really cool looking grasshopper or whatever it is! How big is it? Hard to tell from the picture.

it's about 7cm long....but that's just by looking at it, i'm too scared to get close enough to measure it.....i can also see it breathing and it made a squeeling noise

when i found it, it looked like it was dying, it was very slowly walking across the verandhah so i have it in a container at the moment with some sand and stuff.

i can't find anything on a crested grasshopper in Western Australia but i'm sure that's what this is.
post #5 of 24
Eek! I got goosebumps just looking at the little thing! ( I don't do well with bugs!) He is very interesting looking though, thats for sure!
post #6 of 24
Don't you know, it's a "Venusflytraponitshead" Grasshopper!
(Very cool grasshopper by the way)
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by menagerie mama
Don't you know, it's a "Venusflytraponitshead" Grasshopper!
(Very cool grasshopper by the way)




at least it will never go hungry
post #8 of 24
What a lovely g hopper... no idea as my rand mcnally bug guide is in storage
post #9 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by eupnea
whoa! I have no idea what it is, but it looks like it has a venus flytrap on its head.

I don't think Minneapolis has any interesting wildlife, unless you count rats or pigeons.
hahaha i think the only bugs i have seen since i have been here (beginning of feb.) are those little things that look like lady bugs BUT my dad swears they are not lady bugs lol although it is kinda nice to know that there aren't bunches of posionious bugs and snakes up here such a change from texas lol
post #10 of 24
On tv the other night they were saying that we australians eat grasshoppers for desert!!!!!
post #11 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by babyharley
Eek! I got goosebumps just looking at the little thing! ( I don't do well with bugs!) He is very interesting looking though, thats for sure!
post #12 of 24
Hmmm ... any nuclear power plants near you? Seriously, I looked here and didn't see anything like that.
post #13 of 24
Looks cool! Austalia has the weirdest and most wonderful wildlife.
As for dessert, I can't imagine Aussies being big on munching grasshoppers!
post #14 of 24
I wonder if it is some kind of mantis??
post #15 of 24
EWWWWWWWWWWWW, LOL

I'm pretty good at finding things l ike this, but this little gross out has me stumped. The closest I could come was that it is possibly a form of katydid (close to grasshopper but not exactly). Or perhaps some sort of leaf or stick insect. The thing that has me stumped is what seems to be a very short, stubby body with long wings -- most of what I found has a much longer slimmer or tapered body -- and why I didn't think it was a grasshopper was because it dioesn't seem to have that thick hind leg femur that they use to rub agasint and make that sound. And a squeal? LOL That thing is so big you could probably saddle it. "Hi ho silverfish rides again." (I hear all those groans for that one lol)

Anyway, there's a site online that will identify and/or answer questions about odd bugs called What's That Bug. I am stubborn and this has got my curiosity up big time, so I hope you don't mind but I sent them an email with a link to these pictures hoping they can perhaps identify it. I'll let you know if I hear back from them.
post #16 of 24
This has me fascinated. I have to agree with the previous poster that it does appear to look more like a Katydid with the shorter, stumpier body and shape of the head. I'd love to know what it is if you manage to identify it. I'll keep looking though.
post #17 of 24
I'm still searching for this - I told you it had me fascinated . Anyway, I came across a photo from a strange angle and think it might be a crested katydid. Here is the link http://agspsrv34.agric.wa.gov.au/ent.../A_superba.jpg and another one http://www.ento.csiro.au/aicn/system/c_3863.htm
post #18 of 24
Congrats!!!! That second link to the crested katydid is most definitely it.

You might consder calling a local entymology group or department or the wildlife societies. From what I've read it's something of a rare find, and they would know how to take care of it.

I had come across that site, but didn't know enough about the names to really look through it. My kudos to you!


PS: You seem to be an obsessive, stubborn, web surfer like me. lol Have you ever used www.ixquick.com? It's a really excellent search engine, and often I come up with hits there I don't necessary get with google or others.
post #19 of 24
Dang it, I looked for 1/2 hour last night, and I did find "What's that Bug" too, and they did have a picture of it on there, but it was squished and the people running the site didn't know what it was! You could still tell it had that thing on it's head.
Good job finding it!
post #20 of 24
I looked here under a lot for grasshoppers, plant hoppers, stone hoppers and crickets but only made it to the c's you may want to keep looking! You may find it! He's freaky for sure!!!!
post #21 of 24
Maybe a grasshopper bred with a spider?
post #22 of 24
Aaaah sweetie I found it - it's a lesser spotted punkyhairdo hopper. Hope that helped!
post #23 of 24
Whatever it may be, it's neat looking.
post #24 of 24
Well if I would ave just kept looking in the c's I may have found it.. freaky freaky thing still!!!! Glad you know what it is now!!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: The Cat Lounge
TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › The Cat Lounge › i found the strangest grasshopper...