This page contains pictures and information about the Yellow-winged Locusts that we found in the
Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length 40mm
- Yellow-winged Locusts are easily found in Brisbane grassland. They prefer
grasses of medium height. When in flight, they show their back-banded yellow hind wings
with loud clicking noise. There are the red marking on their hind legs.
- Photo: Keith Power, Toowoomba
This species has green and brown forms. The second pictures was taken in
Karawatha Forest during early winter. A lot of them were found there at that
time. They display the bright lemon-yellow wings on flight.
- Near the Old Quarry in Neville Lawrie Reserve Area, many of the Yellow-winged Locusts can be
easily found there all year round (except mid winter). There are the brown and green forms. They
were very alert to our approaching, seldom let us came close within one
meter. They always flied to about ten meters away and rested. We chased
after them then it flied to another ten meters away, seems never tired.
After a few chasings we always mixed it up with another individual and
started a new chase, until we got tired. We had never get close enough to
take a good photo yet.
- 1. Grasshopper
Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz,
UNSW Press, 1996, p177.
- 2. A
Guide to Australian Grasshoppers and Locusts - DCF Rentz, RC Lewis, YN
Su and MS Upton, 2003, p358.
- 3. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
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