Spur-throated locust numbers increase

Mark Phelps
By Mark Phelps
Updated December 2 2021 - 8:44am, first published 5:00am
Spur-throated locust numbers are on the increase in north Queensland.

INCREASING locust numbers are to be expected in north Queensland following the early start to the wet season.

Chris Adriaansen from the Australian Plague Locust Commission said sightings of spur throated locusts were becoming increasing common as the insect moved down from the gulf region, where it had overwintered.

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"An early dispersal is to be expected with onset of the wet season," Mr Adriaansen said.

"There's also likely to be a few more about as the end of previous generation and the start of the new generation will probably overlap."

Mr Adriaansen said populations were currently too sparse to begin control measures.

Spur throated locusts typically live for about nine to 10 months.

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The pictures were taken by Mungallala cattle producer John Compagnoni, who was traveling through the Winton and Hughenden areas on his way to Townsville this week.

"They're enormous and they certainly make a whack when they hit the vehicle," Mr Compagnoni said.

"We certainly don't need them eating any of the feed."

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