As did that look he was giving me out of the corner of his eye.
Look how delicately he is holding the passionfruit leaf while he munches away. I hope he doesn't eat too much and I hope he doesn't invite any of his mates over for a party or there won't be any vine left.
According to the Museum of Victoria website:.......
The Giant Grasshopper is so named for being the largest grasshopper in Australia. The adult's body length, however, varies from an enormous 90mm to less than half that size. This gives it the scientific name Valanga irregularis, referring not only to the irregular colouration but also the irregular length. People who know the species well simply call it Valanga.
Unlike many of the better-known grasshoppers, this species feeds not on grass but on the leaves of shrubs and trees. They have a very variable diet, ranging from native plants to citrus, cotton, coconut and even coffee plants. This makes them a minor pest in some areas, due to their occasional habit of consuming every leaf on a food plant when present in large numbers.
Well Mr Valanga, enjoy your visit to my garden, but please stay well away from me (and please don't eat too much while you are here).