The Key’s matchstick grasshopper (Keyacris scurra)

THE endangered Key’s matchstick grasshopper has been rediscovered by Scouts ACT in Namadgi Nationwide Park.

The sighting – solely the second on report – was reported by the Brindabella Venturer Unit, a part of Scouts ACT, whereas enterprise month-to-month water sampling at Hospital Creek in Namadgi.

Key’s matchstick grasshopper (Keyacris scurra) is a species that’s discovered within the ACT and NSW.

The grasshopper is endangered due to its restricted distribution, making this sighting a “important contribution” to its conservation.

The grasshopper was noticed by Venturer chief Hannah Zurcher, with the sighting confirmed by Dr Roger Farrow, insect and plant ecologist with Nationwide Parks and Wildlife Service NSW.

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Ian Meikle, editor