Bug Shots

A closer look at insect photography

Hedge Grasshopper (Valanga irregularis)

Posted by Darren on May 22, 2010

We are now getting closer and closer to winter here in Australia and I’ve been expecting insect activity to drop off in the next few months.  Winter here in Queensland is generally mild and I’m hoping that I’ll still have a lot of species about to photograph.  These grasshoppers are said to hibernate in winter though I am still seeing quite a few specimens around, mostly taking benefit from sunny positions on stems or leaves.  This is an example of a wingless nymph of the Hedge Grasshopper (Valanga irregularis) which you will find beautifully camouflaged on leaves while they are this small.  They are quite easy to photograph as I figure their best survival tactic is to stay perfectly still on these similar colored leaves until they become more capable of making a successful getaway.   The behavior of the large adults is quite different making them much harder to photograph.  You will often hear  larger Hedge Grasshoppers  jumping away as you approach well before you even see them.  The will also hide themselves on leaves of stems with respect to the position of the intruder making themselves as invisible as possible.


2 Responses to “Hedge Grasshopper (Valanga irregularis)”

  1. Kala said

    He is beautiful!

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