Comparison of Australian plague locust and Heteropternis obscurella adults

​​Comparison of Australian plague locust and Heteropternis obscurella 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.

Heteropternis obscurella

Graphic: side view of an adult Heteropternis - note red tibia are similar to plague locust but body is stouter and darker coloured. Graphic: top view of an adult Heteropternis showing wings - note marking on hindwing is more of a smudge rather than a spot.

Major differences between adults of these species: Australian plague locust adults are readily confused with Heteropternis as both species have red tibia and dark markings on the tip of the hind wing. However, they can be differentiated by:

  • the marking on the hind wing of Heteropternis is more of a general smudge rather than a spot
  • Heteropternis has a stouter and darker coloured body
  • Heteropternis do not turn to face the observer on landing unlike the plague locust

Also Heteropternis rarely form into dense swarms unlike 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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