Monday, 23 September 2013

The Orthopterists' Society Conference

The Orthopterists' Society met last month in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Yunnan Province is in the southern part of the country and we were not far from the border with Myanmar.
The Australian contingent

Insects seemed few and far between out in the country. Seasonally it was the right time to be there but not much was seen. The orthopterans were conspicuous by their absence. 
The grasshopper above is a wingless pyrgomorph.
 male
female
The two katydids above were found in a high mountain meadow and seemed restricted to a large-leafed composite plant. The were identified as Anormalous zhangi Liu, a species previous known only from males.

Further photos of the trip can be viewed on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturenoises/ in the "Orthopterists' Society" set.

1 comment:

Piotr Naskrecki said...

So sorry I missed the conference. This phaneropterine looks like a great example of an intermediate form between brachyptery and squamiptery. I wonder if there are still long-winged individuals in some populations of this species.