Comparison of Australian plague locust and Aiolopus thalassinus nymphs

​Comparison of Australian plague locust and Aiolopus thalassinus nymphs

Australian Plague Locust - Chortoicetes terminifera

Graphic: side view of an Australian plague locust nymph - compare markings on hind leg and shape of head. 



Aiolopus thalassinus


Graphic: Side view of an Aiolopus nymph - note sharply angled head. 


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

  • Aiolopus nymphs do not have an 'X' mark on top of the thorax as seen in the plague locust
  • Aiolopus head is more pointed (from above) and sharply angled (from the side) than the plague locust
  • Aiolopus body is more elongate than the plague locust and lighter coloured on top

Aiolopus nymphs do not form into dense bands as seen in the plague locust.

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

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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