Metamorphosis of desert locust

Metamorphosis of desert locust

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Metamorphosis of a Desert Locust Schistocerca gregaria, showing the wings of the adult unfurling. 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: adult, animal, desert, desert locust, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, locust, metamorphosis, nature, schistocerca gregaria, swarming locust, unfolding, wildlife, wings unfurling, zoology

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