Spur throated locust


Spur Throated Locust (STL) Austracris guttulosa is a pest of pastures, crops and certain tree species.

It is a tropical species of northern Australia, but extends its habitat into areas experiencing wet summer seasons.

Its presence is often noticed in northern NSW, but rarely reaches damaging numbers.

They are generally found in Queensland, Northern Territory, northern Western Australia and sometimes northern NSW.

It is a declared pest insect in NSW under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

Topics covered by this Primefact include:

  • Identification
  • Lifecycle
  • Nymphs
  • Adults
  • Occurrence
  • Behaviour
  • Management


Primefact PUB20/961 Third Edition

Published: Dec 2020