Giant Grasshopper

Scientific Name: 

Valanga irregularis

First sighted: 

On the window at night

You can't miss this amazing creature at about 6 inches long! This one had been crawling around in cobwebs some of which we managed to remove from its legs before it leaped off into the night. They vary in size and colour, hence their name 'irregularis'.
According to Museum Victoria: Adult grasshoppers are very sensitive to movement and will leap away at the slightest disturbance. They can fly upwards as high as two metres, then horizontally in a straight line until they hit the ground. However, Giant Grasshoppers tire easily and the length decreases rapidly with each consecutive leap.

Giant Grasshopper