Desert Locust

Family Name

Schistocerca gregaria

Characteristics

Type:

Jumping – Flying

Size:

Males are 1.6-2.0 inches, females are 2.0-2.4 inches long.

Colour:

Adults are first pink, but may become rose, brown or orange-brown when conditions are cool; e.g. in mountains. When they mature, the colour changes to bright yellow in males and dull yellow in females. In solitarious forms, the colour is greyish or brownish, but males may become yellow when they mature.

Behaviour:

Plagues of desert locusts have threatened agricultural production in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia for centuries. The desert locust is potentially the most dangerous of the locust pests, because of the ability of swarms to fly rapidly across great distances.

Habitats

It is a bit difficult to determine what the habitat of a Desert locust actually is, as the swarm of this insect species is known to travel for hundreds of miles in search of food. Desert locust is widely distributed in the relatively arid regions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, but basically, locusts can inhabit any warm region of the world.

Tips for Control

Early warning and preventative control is the strategy adopted by locust-affected countries in Africa and Asia to try to stop locust plagues from developing and spreading.