Comparison of migratory locust and Oedaleus locust nymphs

Comparison of migratory locust and Oedaleus locust nymphs

Migratory locust - Locusta migratoria

Graphic: gregarious (left) and solitary (right) form of migratory locust nymphs.


Oedaleus australis


Graphic: an Oedaleus nymph - note stripe on face and banded hind leg femurs.


Major differences between nymphs of these species: nymphs of these species are sometimes confused when Oedaleus occurs in high numbers where migratory locusts are more commonly seen. However, they are easy to distinguish:

  • migratory locust nymphs have a hairy 'chest' (underside of thorax)
  • Oedaleus nymphs have a distinctive face stripe and banded hind leg femurs (thigh)

Compare migratory locust nymphs with similar species: | Gastrimargus | Oedaleus | Aiolopus | Compare adults of these species