On Dec 31, 2007, Menk from Darling Downs
This interesting and iconic insect is rarely encountered in the Australian bush. It is usually found at moderate to high elevation along the length of the Great Dividing Range, from near Herberton to Tasmania. It has also been found occasionally in pastures at relatively low altitude in western areas, as far west as Nyngan in NSW, and near Moonie and Chinchilla in Qld. It is known to inhabit the Carnarvon Ranges.
In SE Qld the species prefers Themeda triandra (kangaroo grass) grasslands in open eucalypt and grasstree forest, often above elevations supporting rainforest or vineforest. It is often found above cliff lines and near rocky scree slopes. Further west it may be found in hilly wooded country, only rarely on the plains. It can sometimes be locally common, but is most ... read more