Friday, 31 December 2010


At the peak of insect activity and one of our more unusual visitors are the Mountain Grasshoppers acripeza reticulata, and in particular the female of the species. The male is small, can fly and is generally insignificant. On the other hand the female is a robust insect and is generally found wandering through the leaf litter with slow steady steps or little hops. The colour suits the suroundings and they can be hard to spot if not moving, but when disturbed you cannot miss the display that is designed to frighten wouldbe predators.

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