Facts of Locust
Locusts are the most catastrophic insect in the world. They cause colossal damage to the crops and cause famine.
Locusts eat foods like leaves, foliages, grasses fruits, vegetables, grains, crops. Sometimes it even eats clothes.
If they can’t find food then sometimes it will eat one other.
Locust has three stages egg, hopper, and adult. Usually, it lay eggs in an egg pod mostly in wet soil.
It can lay eggs three times in their lifetime
The locust usually has a lifespan of around four months. Solitary grasshopper females have a lifespan of around 10 months.
It can reach a length upto 3 inches.
They eat their own weight of food every day.
It can stay in the air for even 17 hours.
Locust flies at a speed of about 16-19 km/hr
It travels around 150 kilometers or even more. It usually flies during the day time.
The locusts swarms are usually a desert locusts. They are a kind of grasshopper.
Grasshoppers cannot fly like the locusts although it has wings.
It can attack all parts of countries from Africa to India or even to Australia.
It has the ability to attack 20% of the world’s land.
Desert locust is scientifically called as Schistocerca gregaria
During the solitary stage, there are only a few thousand of locusts in an area of a square mile. But during the swarm formation, there may be about 150 million in a square mile.
1 sq km swarm contains about 40 million locusts.
It can fly upwards of about 1500 meters.
A typical swarm contains about 5 billion locusts which cover an area of about 60 square miles.
The usually carried away by winds. They don’t have pre-determined destinations. They travel to the direction of a place where the wind blows.
In some places, locusts are being eaten by humans. They capture them with nests or basket and cook them with boiling water. Locust is a good source of protein.
They are usually found in asia and africa.
It does not harm people or animals.
The Ancient Egyptians carved locusts on tombs in the period 2470 to 2220 BC