The 2014 Bright Bugs Series is the Royal Australian Mint's fifth animal series, following the popular Ocean, Land, Sea, and Polar series. The Bright Bugs series encompasses six, uncirculated coins, each depicting some of Australia's most interesting insects; the Blowfly, Ulysses Butterfly, Cuckoo Wasp, Stag Beetle, Grasshopper, and Red Bull Ant. The series was periodically released in pairs throughout the year in specially designed cards.
Leichhardt's grasshopper was discovered by German explorer Ludwig Leichardt in the mid 19th century. The species is very rare with some believing it had gone extinct until CSIRO Scientist J. H. Calaby rediscovered them in 1971. They are bright red, blue, and orange coloured and although this is often a sign of toxicity they have no toxic defences. (Becky Crew, 2014)
Using a colour/pad printing process, the
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