Large Painted Locust


Large painted locust © Kate Green

Species Data

Common Name Large painted locust
Scientific Name Schistocerca melanocera
Spanish Name Langosta pintada grande
Conservation Status

Galapagos Graphics: IUCN Red List Unknown © Dan Wright




Size Up to 8cm long
Average Lifespan Unknown
Predators Galapagos hawks and lava lizards
Food Plants

Species Overview

The brightly-coloured large painted locust is one of two species of painted locust in Galapagos, and is endemic to the Islands. They are excellent jumpers, capable of jumping over 3 metres. Present on all islands, except Espanola, they can be seen most frequently after rainfall.

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