Macrophotograph of a larva of a desert locust

Macrophotograph of a larva of a desert locust

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This image is part of the feature The Desert Locust

Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrophotograph of a desert locust, Schitocerca gregaria or peregrina, eating young shoots of wheat. The insect is here in its nymphal phase. At this stage desert locusts are about 3cm long and have only stumps for wings. After several moults they develop proper wings. Desert locusts are well known for their voracity. They migrate in huge swarms formed by billions of insects, completely destroying every vegetable form along their path. They consume all sorts of plant substances from which their digestive system extracts water. Only by eating continuously, may desert locusts survive in very hot climates.

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Keywords: animal, desert locust, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, jointed legs, locust, nature, schistocerca, schitocerca gregaria, schitocerca peregrina, wildlife, zoology

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