Comparison of migratory locust and Aiolopus locust nymphs

​Comparison of migratory locust and Aiolopus locust nymphs

Migratory locust - Locusta migratoria

Graphic: a gregarious (left) and solitary (right) form of migratory locust nymphs. 

Aiolopus thalassinus

Graphic: an Aiolopus nymph - note the downward sloping head. 

Major differences between nymphs of these species: nymphs of these species are sometimes confused when Aiolopus occurs in high numbers where migratory locusts are more commonly seen. However, they are easy to distinguish:

  • migratory locust nymphs have a hairy 'chest' (underside of thorax)
  • when viewed from the side, Aiolopus nymphs have downward pointing head as opposed to the more vertical head of the migratory locust nymph

Compare migratory locust nymphs with similar species: | Gastrimargus | Oedaleus | Aiolopus | Compare adults of these species

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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