Crickets Grasshoppers and Katydids: Orthoptera - Balsam Beast (anthophiloptera Dryas): Species Accounts
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Physical characteristics: The body is green or brown, leaflike, and measures 2 to 2.75 inches (50 to 70 millimeters) in length. Their mouthparts point forward, instead of downward. The legs, antennae, and wings are long and slender.
Geographic range: Balsam beasts are found in New South Wales and Queensland (Australia).
Habitat: They live in coastal wooded suburbs and gardens.
Diet: This species feeds on a wide variety of flowers and trees and is especially fond of garden balsam (Impatiens sp.).
Behavior and reproduction: They are active at night in the tree tops.
Females lay their eggs one at a time in the cracks found on bark, especially near the base of the tree.
Balsam beasts and people: They are sometimes considered garden pests.
Conservation status: This species is not endangered or threatened. ∎
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