This species has a one year life cycle. Eggs are laid in the soil. Nymphs hatch from November through to February. Immature adults are found in autumn and winter.
Larger than other locusts. They possess a spur between the front legs.
Major breeding areas include the Gulf region of northern Australia, southern Queensland, northern Western Australia and the north-west plains of New South Wales. Young adults will migrate and are often found in southern New South Wales, northern South Australia and in Victoria.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
When the right rainfall conditions occur, this species forms plagues which can cause massive damage to agricultural crops.
Herbivore. Mainly grasses but also other plants, in particular Sorghum, Sunflowers and Soybeans.
During winter, adults spend most of their time roosting in trees along water systems or in woodland adjacent to crops or grasslands.
Native to Australia