Acrida conicaCommon name: Giant Green Slantface

Distribution: Occurs along the west coast and the Kimberley in Western Australia. Also occurs through the majority of the Northern Territory and the Eastern States. Absent from the south coast of Victoria and Tasmania.

Description: Males measure up to 55 millimetres long, females up to 85 millimetres.

Notes: This is a common grasshopper that frequents grassed areas. If disturbed it flies a short distance and drops to the ground where it resembles a blade of grass. As it flies it makes a sound similar to crackling cellophane.

We have seen this grasshopper in most months of the year.

References: A Guide to Australian Grasshoppers and Locusts. DCF Rentz, RC Lewis, YN Su and MS Upton. 2003