Locust is the name given to the migratory phase of some large grasshoppers. They are known for their large swarms that can have a devastating effect on vegetation and specifically crops.
The species breed quickly and the nymphs group together. When they reach adulthood they rapidly eat all the food in a specific area, become crowded, and then fly to new areas in huge swarms that can contain more than 60 million individuals.
A solitary-phase locust (Schistocerca gregaria).
Photograph by Christiaan Kooyman.
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