7 amazing facts about Desert Locusts

1. Desert Locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) are swarming short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae.
2. They are the most devastating migratory pests found in Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania), Middle East and Southwestern Asia.
3. They travel in swarms of 150 million, and eat food that can be eaten by 35 000 people in a day.
4. They are difficult to control because of their rapid population growth (2 to 5 generations per year), and their migratory nature.
5. The difference between Locusts and Grasshoppers is their ability to change from a solitary living form into gregarious, highly mobile adult swarms.
6. They can fly for over 150 kilometers per day.
7. Food and Agriculture Organization declared in February 2020 that the invasion is the worst in 25 years. The last invasion occurred in 2004-5, and left West Africa without food security.

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