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Green-legged Matchstick
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Common Pyrgomorph
Musgrave's Psednura
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Diving Grasshopper
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Rice Grasshopper
Beautiful Methiola
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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 


Yellow-winged Locust - Gastrimargus musicus

Family Acrididae

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. 
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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. 
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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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