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What is a locust insect?

Locusts are the swarming phase of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae. These insects are usually solitary, but under certain circumstances become more abundant and change their behaviour and habits, becoming gregarious.

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Correspondingly, are Locusts harmful to humans?

Locusts do not attack people or animals. There is no evidence that suggests that locusts carry diseases that could harm humans.

One may also ask, where do locusts come from? Unlike most grasshoppers, locusts can form large groups or swarms. Desert locusts normally live in an area in a band across Africa south of the Sahara and into India. When a locust plague occurs, the swarms move into Africa, Asia, Europe and beyond. Swarms can migrate over huge distances.

In this way, why are locusts bad?

The desert locust is potentially the most dangerous of the locust pests because of the ability of swarms to fly rapidly across great distances. It has two to five generations per year. The major desert locust upsurge in 2004–05 caused significant crop losses in West Africa and diminished food security in the region.

What does a locust insect look like?

They are brownish-yellow in color with brown-spotted forewings. Their black hindwings have a narrow yellow border. They are usually 1-3/8 to 1-3/4 inches long. American Desert Locusts (Schistocerca americana) are a genus of grasshopper, many of which swarm as locusts.

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