Leichhardt: A Scientist in a Strange Land

Leichhardt's Grasshopper

“…we observed a great number of grasshoppers, of a bright brick colour dotted with blue…”

Leichhardt diary entry, 17 November 1845

Petasida ephippigera or “Leichhardt’s Grasshopper” is perhaps the most spectacular of Australian grasshoppers. This grasshopper was described and named by Adam White of the British Museum in 1845, and first collected between 1837 and 1843 by John Dring during a survey carried out by HMS Beagle. Leichhardt collected his specimens in 1845 and an entry in his journal for 17 November of that year enabled scientists to more accurately pinpoint the collection site.

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