Chortoicetes terminifera

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Author: Toby Hudson
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Chortoicetes terminifera (Walker) - (Australian plague locust)

The locust is a serious pest of cereals, other crops and grasses during plague periods which occur frequently in south-eastern Australia. The females deposit their eggs in the soil at a depth of 2-10 cm as froth-lined pods each containing 30-60 eggs. Poorly drained clay soil is preferred. During outbreaks there can be up to 1,000 eggs per square meter. Under suitable conditions there are 3-4 generations per year. The eggs might go into diapause during the winter.