Metamorphosis of the desert locust gregaria

Metamorphosis of the desert locust gregaria

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Caption: Metamorphosis of a Desert Locust Schistocerca gregaria, showing the emergence of the adult (pink) and the shell of the nymph (grey). 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 adults that develop from these nymphs inherit the latter's excitable behaviour. They form the familiar devastating flying swarms of locusts.

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

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