Comparison of Australian plague locust and Aiolopus thalassinus adults

​​Comparison of Australian plague locust and Aiolopus thalassinus adults

Australian Plague Locust - Chortoicetes terminifera

Graphic: side view of an adult Australian plague locust - note red tibia. Graphic: top view of an Australian plague locust showing wings - note dark tip on hindwing.

Aiolopus thalassinus

Graphic: side view ofs of Aiolopus adults - note the straw coloured hind tibia and slimmer body. Graphic: top view of an Aiolopus adult showing wings - note hindwing has a dark smudge rather than a distinct spot and forewings have a light stripe along first half.

Major differences between adults of these species: Adults of the Australian plague locust are similar in size to Aiolopus but differences in shape, colour and markings are obvious:

  • Aiolopus body is much slimmer and head more angled in profile than the plague locust
  • forewings of Aiolopus have a light stripe along the first half
  • hind wings of Aiolopus do not have a distinct spot as seen in the plague locust
  • hind leg tibia of Aiolopus is straw coloured and not red like the plague locust

Aiolopus adults rarely form into dense swarms as seen in the plague locust.

Compare Australian plague locust adults with: | Austroicetes | Aiolopus | Caledia | Heteropternis | Oedaleus | Peakesia | Urnisa | Compare nymphs of these species

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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