Saturday, March 19, 2011

Visitor from the North?

This handsome creature was seen in Ocean Grove today (sitting beside a doormat).
I've tried to identify it, but what it looks most like is the Spur-Throated Locust (Austracris guttulosa), a tropical species which only makes it to the northern-most parts of Victoria in wet summers. We have had a wet summer, but Ocean Grove is about 300km south of where the spur-throated locust has been identified, so maybe this insect is something completely different. Anyone know?


  1. Have a look at this link Vireya, I think it looks like it, especially that triangle under the eye. You can click on the pictures.

  2. Remember with Cyclone Yasi, we had strong winds which could have blown it down further than usual.

  3. I've sent a question and picture to the Museum Victoria Discovery Centre, in the hope that an entomologist can confirm (or refute) our suspicions. I'll let you know when/if I get a response.