Long-headed Toothpick Grasshopper
Common name for an insect in the family
of grasshoppers and with the scientific name Achurum carinatum. It has a long
and slender body and is at first glance somewhat reminiscent of the
Conehead Katydid (fig.).
Its elongated body has a segmented abdomen and reduced wings which are not
suitable for flight. The head is slanted, with large oval-shaped bulging
eyes and a tiny black iris towards the front, as well as a pair of flat
toothpick-like segmented antennae. It has six legs, of which the posterior pair
are longer and stronger than the four anterior legs, allowing it to leap over
large distances. In addition, it has a pair of tiny leg-like protrusions near
its mouth. It is body colour is either
green or yellowish brown,
though the antennae are always, at least in part, brownish. It is a master of
camouflage and thus is tough to detect in nature. Disguised amid vegetation it
could easily be mistaken for a twig or a leaf of grass (fig.),
depending on its colour and akin to stick insects (fig.).
See also WILDLIFE PICTURES.