Egyptian Locust - Anacridium aegyptium


The body is usually grey, brown or olive coloured, the antennae are relatively short and robust. Tibiae of the hind legs are blue, while femora are orange. The hind femora have characteristic dark marks. It is easily identifiable also by the characteristic eyes with vertical black and white stripes. The pronotum shows a dorsal orange stripe and several white small spots. The wings are clear with dark marks. The adult males are between 30 and 55 millimetres long, while females reach 65 to 70 millimetres. It is Fully winged with wings extending beyond the end of the abdomen in both sexes.

Identification difficulty

Casual introduction in Britain.

When to see it

Any time of year.

Life History

Feeds on leaves and is a solitary species, not harmful to crops.

UK Status

An occasional casual introduction in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map