19 April 2021

Desert Locust – Billasmer

Whilst birding an area of small fields near Billasimer I saw a Desert Locust Schistocerca gregariasituation. The Desert Locust can form plagues and threaten agricultural production in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, something it has done for centuries. The desert locust is potentially the most dangerous of the locust pests because of the ability of it to form swarms and to fly rapidly across great distances. There has been some very large swarms this year including huge numbers across virtually the entire Kingdom in the early part of 2020.