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More locust hatchings

We have received a report of Australian plague locusts (Chortoicetes terminifera) hatching near Kerang, in the Northern Country district of Victoria. Very high numbers of early instar nymphs were found on a roadside adjacent to a lucerne paddock. This follows earlier reports of hatchings around Swan Hill and Mildura, both in the Mallee district of Victoria, as well as hatchings in some regions of South Australia, and widespread hatchings in New South Wales. 

Growers and agronomists in regions where locust egg beds have been identified should now be keeping a close eye out for young locusts. Predicted peak hatching dates are available on the APLC website. Upon hatching, Australian plague locusts are only about 4 mm long, and are generally pale brown in colour. They progress through 5 nymphal instars before becoming adults. This typically takes 4 - 6 weeks. To be most effective, it is important that control efforts target locusts when they form high density ‘bands’, generally as second and third instar stages.

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