Though they’re never numerous here in the Ranges, there are always a few Australian Plague Locusts (Chortoicetes terminifera) hanging around in Summer. They are about twice the size of the more common Wingless Grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum) that can decimate gardens and fruit trees. The Aust. Plague Locust can also be readily confused with the Small Plague Grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata). The large size and bright red tibia gives this one away as an Australian Plague Locust.
Their body colouration provides brilliant camouflage!
This individual is a mature, flying adult. Because of the locust’s sophisticated breeding strategy, its not certain whether this individual was produced locally, or is an immigrant.