Comparison of Australian plague locust and Peakesia nymphs
Australian Plague Locust - Chortoicetes terminifera
Peakesia hospita and other Peakesia species
Major differences between nymphs of these species: Nymphs of the Australian plague locust are similar in size to species of Peakesia but they can readily be differentiated by their colour and markings:
- thorax of Peakesia lacks the 'X' mark as seen in plague locust and has a general 'salt and pepper' mottled body of no particular strong colour
- anntennae of Peakesia are much shorter than those of the plague locust and are darker than the body
- Peakesia has a stockier body
Species of Peakesia do not form into dense bands as seen in the plague locust.