Desert locust eggs

Desert locust eggs

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrophotograph of eggs of the Desert Locust Schistocerca gregaria, showing the development of the embryo, notably the red pigmented eye-spot. The female uses the tip of her abdomen to excavate a hole in the ground into which she lays a clutch of up to one hundred eggs. Under conditions of overcrowding, nymphs of this species undergo a 'phase' change both in colouration and behaviour. They mass together in enormous numbers, becoming highly excited & set off in a purposeful manner devouring all vegetation that they encounter. The nymphs transform into adults, which form the familiar devastating flying swarms of locusts.

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Keywords: animal, desert, desert locust, egg, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, locust, locust egg, nature, schistocerca gregaria, swarming locust, wildlife, zoology

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