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Fauna of Central Australia

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.

Following are some of the many different types of Orthoptera in Central Australia.

Fauna Images — Grasshoppers and Locusts

Insects in Central Australia
If you are able to help us identify these insects, that will be much appreciated.
All were photographed in Central Australia.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.
Approximately 5 cm in length.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.
Approximately 3 cm in length.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.
Approximately 4 cm in length.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.
Approximately 5 cm in length.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.
Approximately 5 cm in length.
Grasshoppers in Central Australia.
Approximately 3 cm in length.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.
Approximately 6 cm in length.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.
Approximately 4 cm in length.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.
Body length was approximately 6 cm, although the antennae was much longer than the body.

Grasshoppers in Central Australia.

More information can be seen in the Fauna section: Orthoptera.
 
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