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Green-legged Matchstick
Green-body Matchstick
Brown-striped Matchstick
Mottled Matchstick 
Common Pyrgomorph
Musgrave's Psednura
Green Grass Pyrgimorph
Diving Grasshopper
Creek Grasshopper
Garden Bermius
Common Gesonula
Rice Grasshopper
Beautiful Methiola
Little Black-knees
Bicoloured Cedarinia
Eastern Inland Cedarinia
Peakesia Grasshopper
Apotropina & Perbelliina 
Epallia Grasshopper
Cooloola Shortwing
Wingless Grasshopper 
Mimetic Gumleaf Ghopper
Black-kneed Gum leaf Ghopr
Slender Gumleaf Ghopper
Gumleaf Grasshopper
Common Pardillana
Common Adreppus
Pale Stem Grasshopper  
Bark-mimicking Ghopper I
Bark-mimicking Ghopper II
Macrotona & Maclystriina
Handsome Macrotona
False Perloccia
Green-legs Grasshopper 
Spur-throated Locust
Giant Grasshopper
Froggatt's Buzzer
Golden Bandwing
Giant Green Slantface
Long-legged Bandwing 
Yellow-winged Locust 
Creek Pygmy Grasshopper
Forest Pygmy Grasshopper 
Unidentified Ghoppers 


Spur-throated Locust - Austracris proxima

Family Acrididae

This page contains pictures and information about the Spur-throated Locust that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.  

Body length 60mm

This is a large grasshopper. It is greyish-brown in colour. Its hind legs are pinkish brown. Both male and female are fully winged. They are strong jumper and active flier. They may rest on ground among grasses or hide on shrubs. 

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The above photos were taken near a lagoon in Karawatha forest during late summer. The grasshopper tried to hide behind the sedges. It jumped and flied away when we came closer. 
This seems to us that this grasshoppers are easy to found in those area cut open in forests where become the temporary grasslands. We always saw them near the old quarry and found them sometimes on those clean up area under high-voltage power lines. 
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Photo: Keith Power, Toowoomba
This is one of the pest locust,  forms swarms and can reach plague status in Australia. They attack various crops like sorghum, sunflower or soybean.
This grasshopper undergoes eight instars stages. 

1. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p192.
2. A Guide to Australian Grasshoppers and Locusts - DCF Rentz, RC Lewis, YN Su and MS Upton, 2003, p337.

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