Interesting facts about locusts

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The Bible even described it as a plague sent by God to the Egyptians.

This is one of the most destructive insects on earth. In a herd form, it can destroy entire tracts of agricultural crops in a short time. It has been known to mankind for thousands of years and always portends trouble and famine. Today we can control its population more effectively, but it still poses a serious threat to agriculture.

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Locusts are insects that live in steppes and semi-deserts. They are found in Eurasia, Africa and Australia.

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Locusts are insects of the locust family (Acrididae), which has about 7500 species of these insects.

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Migratory locusts are oligophages, i.e., an organism with a very specialized menu.

They eat only a certain, narrow range of foods. In the case of locusts, these are grasses and grains.
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Locusts may appear in Poland. The last recorded locust case in our country occurred in 1967 near Kozienice.

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Migratory locusts can reach sizes from 35 to 55 mm in length.

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Locusts can lead both solitary and gregarious lifestyles.

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Swarms of locusts cause enormous damage to agriculture.

In one raid, they are able to eat entire grain crops, and then fly away to look for new feeding places.
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In history, it happened that a swarm of locusts appeared near Stockholm.

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Locusts can migrate up to 2 kilometers.

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The lifespan of locusts is about 3 months.

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There are two main types of locusts: the migratory locust, which can be found in Poland, and the desert locust.

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Migratory locusts are greenish in color.

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Desert locusts are slightly larger than migratory locusts, are brown with yellow spots and have a characteristic growth on the prothorax. They live in East Africa and India.

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During reproduction, the female of this insect lays about 100 eggs in a moist substrate. The organ used to place eggs in the ground is called the ovipositor.

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Locusts are suitable for human consumption and are also used as feedstock for reptile breeding.

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The locust has developed a special organ that allows it to sense changes in atmospheric pressure. Thanks to this, they are able to predict upcoming precipitation.

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A swarm of locusts can number up to fifty billion individuals.

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