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Insect identified

Initially thought to be a brown grasshopper, the website inaturalist.nz helped identify this bug found in a Gisborne garden last week as a migratory locust.

Anyone unsure of a bug, plant or fish can upload a photo to this website, where nature lovers from around New Zealand and the world, are available to help identify different species.

This local migratory locust was estimated to be around eight centimetres long.

The migratory locust is the most widespread locust species, and is found throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

They are highly mobile insects that usually fly with the wind at a speed of about 15 to 20 kilometres per hour and can travel five to 130km or more in a day.

The website inaturalist.nz helped identify this bug found in a Gisborne garden last week as a migratory locust. It was originally thought to be a huge brown grasshopper. Picture by Daisy McInteer