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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Living things  >  Eukaryotes  >  Animals  >  Invertebrates  >  Arthropods  >  Insects  >  Orthoptera

Some Australian grasshoppers, cockroaches, a mantid and an earwig

This is a group of colour scientific illustrations of some Australian insects of the Orders Mantodea (mantids), Blattodea (cockroaches), Dermaptera (earwigs) and Orthoptera (grasshoppers and katydids). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda.)



This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources is organised into categories of insects, arachnids, centipedes and crustaceans, with descriptions of their sometimes bizarre body features and behaviours in a category titled body structure and adaptations. Colour photographs, scientific illustrations and close-up microscope ...


Wall lizard catching saddle-backed bush-cricket

This colour image is a photograph of an adult wall lizard catching a green saddle-backed bush-cricket that is resting on a leafy stem. The lizard is a mottled greyish-brown with a darker line of brown flecks down its sides. The cricket is female, is mainly green and has a distinctive saddle behind its head.


Grasshopper on a post

The grasshopper in this photograph is resting on top of a post. The photo provides a clear silhouette of its main features. It has wings, large hind legs for jumping, short antennae compared with a cricket's, well-developed eyes and a soft round abdomen.


Black cricket

The black field cricket in this photograph is getting ready to feed as night sets in. Its wings are flat on its back and its legs are spread wide from its body. Its large back legs enable it to leap.


Female and male praying mantids

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of a female (left) and a male (right) praying mantid ('Archimantis latistylus') showing characteristic body structures. A scale is included. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Insecta, Order: Mantodea, Family: Mantidae.)


Praying mantid

This is a colour photograph of a praying mantid in the 'prayerlike' stance for which it is named. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Mantodea, Family: Mantidae.)


Adult katydid

This is a colour photograph, probably taken at night, of an adult katydid at rest, showing its typical long antennae, long hind legs and leaflike shape. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Orthoptera, Family: Tettigoniidae.)


Rock grasshopper among rocks

This is a colour photograph of a rock grasshopper ('Raniliella' sp) in a crevice surrounded by many rocks. The grasshopper is a similar colour to the rocks and it is resting among them. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Orthoptera, Family: Acrididae.)


Long-legged sandhopper

This is a colour photograph of a long-legged sandhopper ('Urnisiella' sp), well disguised in the sand. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Orthoptera, Family: Acrididae.)


The Australian Museum Science Festival

Find out about some of the great things on offer at the Australian Museum Science Festival. View some of the workshops and experiments at the Australian Museum, Sydney.