Larva of the desert locust

Larva of the desert locust

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Larva of the Desert Locust Schistocerca gregaria, in the last nymphal stage before adulthood and in the gregarious phase. Under conditions of overcrowding, nymphs of this species undergo a 'phase' change both in colouration and behaviour. They enter a gregarious phase (as opposed to the normal solitary phase) and assume the bright colours seen here. They mass together in enormous numbers, becoming highly excited & set off in a purposeful manner devouring all vegetation that they encounter. The adults inherit this excitable behaviour, forming the familiar devastating flying swarms of locusts.

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Keywords: animal, desert, desert locust, eat, eating, feeding, gregarious, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, locust, nature, schistocerca gregaria, swarming locust, wildlife, young, zoology

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