Comparison of migratory locust and Oedaleus australis adults

Comparison of migratory locust and Oedaleus australis adults

Migratory locust - Locusta migratoria

Graphic: side view of an adult migratory locust (solitary phase). Graphic: top view of a migratory locust showing the wings - note clear hindwing.

Eastern plague locust - Oedaleus australis

Graphic: side view of an adult Oedaleus australis - a smaller and less robust species than the migratory locust. Graphic: top view of an Oedaleus australis showing the wings - note the distinct band on the hindwing.

Major differences between adults of these species: from a distance these species may look similar but they are easy to distinguish by examining the markings on the hind wings. Also, migratory locusts are a much larger and more robust looking species. In the solitary phase, migratory locusts have a more domed thorax than Oedaleus.

Compare migratory locust adults with similar species: | Gastrimargus | Oedaleus | Aiolopus |
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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