Among the many insects on the food chain are insects. Among the
many and varied insects are the group known commonly as grasshoppers, that also
include crickets, katydids and locusts. This group of insects belong to the
order known as Orthoptera.
Central Australia is home to many types of Orthoptera, from the smallest to
the large variety that can be as long as your hands. Whilst most orthopterans
are herbivorous, some
are omnivorous, with some species being scavengers or predators. Some of the larger ones
can inflict a bite that hurts.
During the large amount of rain that fell during the early months of 2010,
Central Australia saw an explosion in the number of grasshopper and other
orthopteran. The very bush
and grassland would rustle from the huge volume of these insects and where ever you
walked through the bush, clouds of them would stir. Thousands would
scatter as you cross the lawn, jumping and flying each and every way, sometimes
hitting you in the face with such force, it stings.
some of the many different types of Orthoptera in Central Australia.