Australian Plague Locust
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)|
|Family:||Short-horned Grasshopper (Acrididae)|
|Species:||Southern Austroicetes (Austroicetes frater)|
|This Photo:||S4: ventral|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Their red legs, eyes protruding above the head slightly & the profile shape of the pronotum are distinctive for this species.
As you can see, their colour is quite variable.
The last one had a missing leg, which shows the body well. This is a regular occurance with grasshoppers.
This highlights how we flip images so the head is to the left to help compare different species.
Robert Read indicated on iNaturalist that all Austroicetes sp have a type of cross or 'X' mark on the pronotum. If this is missing, it's indicates the specimen is not Austroicetes.