Comparison of spur-throated locust and giant or hedge grasshopper nymphs

​Comparison of spur-throated locust and giant or hedge grasshopper nymphs

Spur-throated locust - Austracris guttulosa

Graphic: Two colour morphs of spur-throated locust nymphs - note the white stripe along the top of the thorax. 


Giant or Hedge grasshopper - Valanga irregularis

Graphic: Side view of a Valanga irregularis nymph - note stronger colour pattern and bands on rear femur. 


Major differences between nymphs of these species: both species are highly variable in colour but generally Valanga nymphs are more strongly patterned than spur-throated locust nymphs. Also:

  • spur-throated locust has a light stripe along the top of the body
  • Valanga has distinct bands on the rear femur

Compare spur-throated locust nymphs with similar species: | Valanga | Bermius | Compare adults of these species

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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