Desert locustNymph of Locust (Schistocera americana) with distinct wing-rudiments
Discover great deals on the many hard to find and one of a kind items available only on ebay!

Locust

Locust is the name given to the swarming phase of short-horned grasshoppers of the family Acrididae. more...

HomeHome
AmphibianAmphibian
ArthropodArthropod
AntAnt
AphidAphid
BedbugBedbug
BeeBee
BeetleBeetle
Black WidowBlack Widow
BumblebeeBumblebee
CentipedeCentipede
CrabCrab
CricketCricket
Daddy LonglegsDaddy Longlegs
DragonflyDragonfly
EarthwormEarthworm
EarwigEarwig
FireflyFirefly
GlowwormGlowworm
GnatGnat
GrasshopperGrasshopper
Hermit CrabHermit Crab
HornetHornet
KatydidKatydid
LadybugLadybug
LiceLice
LobsterLobster
LocustLocust
MayflyMayfly
MillipedeMillipede
MosquitoMosquito
MothMoth
Praying MantisPraying Mantis
ScarabScarab
ScorpionScorpion
Sea MonkeySea Monkey
ShrimpShrimp
SpiderSpider
TarantulaTarantula
TickTick
TrilobiteTrilobite
WaspWasp
Wolf SpiderWolf Spider
YellowjacketYellowjacket
BirdBird
CatCat
DinosaurDinosaur
DogDog
FishFish
MammalMammal
MythologicalMythological
ReptileReptile


The origins and apparent extinction of certain species of locust—some of which reach 6 inches (15 cm) in length—are unclear.

There are species that can breed rapidly under suitable conditions and subsequently become gregarious and migratory. They form bands as nymphs and swarms as adults both of which travel great distances during which they can strip fields rapidly and in so doing greatly damage crop yields. An exacerbating factor in the damage to crops caused by locusts is their ability to adapt to eating almost any food plant.

Some examples of Locust species are:-

  • Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
  • Red locust (Nomadracis septemfasciata)
  • Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera)
  • Desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria), probably the most important in terms of its very wide distribution (North Africa, Middle East, and Indian subcontinent) and its ability to migrate very widely.
  • Rocky Mountain locust (Melanoplus spretus) in North America had some of the largest recorded swarms, but died out in the late 19th century.

Though the female and the male look alike at a distance they can be distiguished by looking at the end of their abdomen. Male has a blunt end while the female has a more pointed lip like structure.

There is a theory that the Rocky Mountain locust died out because between swarmings it bred in the eastern valleys of the Rocky Mountains, until large numbers of miners went to the area, attracted by valuable metal ores; to feed those miners, the valley bottoms in the area were ploughed up and farmed, destroying large numbers of the locusts' buried eggs.

Locusts in history and literature

According to the Bible, a swarm of locusts comprised the eighth plague in the story of the plagues of Egypt. In the Book of Revelation locusts with scorpion tails and human faces are to torment unbelievers for five months when the fifth trumpet sounds. One Old Testament book, Joel, is written in the context of a recent locust plague. Interestingly, the locusts are described in four different ways - "swarming locusts, cutting locusts, hopping locusts and destroying locusts." Although these were identified by the old Authorised Version as four different creatures, modern translations correctly identify them as four kinds of locusts. This fits with the many molts (called instars) that locusts go through. For example, the "hopper" probably denotes the larval stage (the first instar), the wings are not developed and the larva hops about. For more information about the locusts in Joel, see Raymond Dillard in Minor Prophets Vol 1, ed Thomas McComiskey.

In Plato's Phaedrus Socrates says that locusts were once human. When the Muses first brought song into the world, the beauty so captivated some people that they forgot to eat and drink until they died. The Muses turned those unfortunate souls into locusts—singing their entire lives.

In her novel On the Banks of Plum Creek Laura Ingalls Wilder writes of a "glittering cloud" of locusts so large it blocked out the sun as it approached. The swarm descended upon her family's farm near Walnut Grove, Minnesota, destroying a year's wheat crop, and stripping the prairie bare of all vegetation.

In O.E. Rølvaag's Giants in the Earth, a novel about Norwegian pioneers on the Dakota prairie, these creatures decend upon the settlement of Spring Creek. He masterfully describes the onslaught: "And now from out the sky gushed down with cruel force a living, pulsating stream, striking the backs of the helpless folk like pebbles thrown by an unseen hand; but that which fell out of the heavens was not pebbles, nor raindrops, nor hail for it would have lain inanimate where it fell; this substance had no sooner fallen that in popped up again, crackling, and snapping--rose up and disappeared in the twinkling of an eye; it flared and flittered around them like light gone mad; it chirped and buzzed through the air; it snapped and hopped along the ground; the whole place was a weltering turmoil of raging little demons; if one looked for a moment into the wind one saw nothing but glittering, lightinglike flashes--flashes that came and went, in the heart of the cloud made up of innumerable dark-brown clicking bodies!"

Latest findings

The extinction of the Rocky mountain locust has been a source of puzzlement; recent research suggests that the breeding grounds of this insect, in the valleys of the Rocky Mountains, came under sustained agriculture, destroying the underground eggs of the locust.

Research at Cambridge University has identified the swarming behaviour is a response to overcrowding. The trigger is increased tactile stimulation of the hind legs. Several contacts per minute over a four hour period are sufficient to induce transformation to the swarming variety.

Read more at Wikipedia.org


[List your site here Free!]

Miss Lonelyhearts and the Day of the Locust by Nathanael West (2009, Paperback)Miss Lonelyhearts and the Day of the Locust by Nathanael West (2009, Paperback) $3.99 Trending at $5.03 Shaw's General Zoology (Insects) - "Locust - Gryllus" - Copper Eng. - 1805Shaw's General Zoology (Insects) - "Locust - Gryllus" - Copper Eng. - 1805 $23.99
Collectible Old Copper Carved Locust Ladybird Mechanical Table ClockCollectible Old Copper Carved Locust Ladybird Mechanical Table Clock $1.00 Vintage Brass Grasshopper Cricket Locust Insect Paper Weight Figurine StatueVintage Brass Grasshopper Cricket Locust Insect Paper Weight Figurine Statue $24.99
The Locust - Flight Of The Wounded Locust 4 7" New Sealed Er-004 Vinyl 45The Locust - Flight Of The Wounded Locust 4 7" New Sealed Er-004 Vinyl 45 $25.00 The Locust God x1 Magic the Gathering Hour of Devastation mtg cardThe Locust God x1 Magic the Gathering Hour of Devastation mtg card $3.60
Newark,Williamsburg Ohio milk cap,Locust Grove,TallyHo R.G.Deel,Clermont LickingNewark,Williamsburg Ohio milk cap,Locust Grove,TallyHo R.G.Deel,Clermont Licking $0.99 Chinese Old Copper Plating Silver Handwork Carve Locust Snail On Leaf StatueChinese Old Copper Plating Silver Handwork Carve Locust Snail On Leaf Statue $0.06
The Writings of John Burroughs,Vol.Iv 1904 Locusts&Wild Honey,Riverby,VintageThe Writings of John Burroughs,Vol.Iv 1904 Locusts&Wild Honey,Riverby,Vintage $22.00 3 Pc Turning Hickory And Honey Locust Bowl Blank Lumber 16293 Pc Turning Hickory And Honey Locust Bowl Blank Lumber 1629 $28.00
New Music Re
00006000
cord The Locust "Follow The Flock, Step In Shit" Cd SingleNew Music Re 00006000 cord The Locust "Follow The Flock, Step In Shit" Cd Single $13.87 Jordan : A few Better Very Fine, Mint Og values from Definitive set & Locust setJordan : A few Better Very Fine, Mint Og values from Definitive set & Locust set $35.99
Nh Orford - Dickinson's Locust Lodge, 1946 Rppc postcardNh Orford - Dickinson's Locust Lodge, 1946 Rppc postcard $4.99 Was:  Previous Price $9.99 25 Black Locust Flowering Tree White False Acacia Seeds25 Black Locust Flowering Tree White False Acacia Seeds $1.50
[Nm] The Locust God - A mythic rare legendary M:tG card from Akh[Nm] The Locust God - A mythic rare legendary M:tG card from Akh $5.99 Time of the Locust: A NovelTime of the Locust: A Novel $5.08
From Locusts To. Automobile Anti-Collision SystemsFrom Locusts To. Automobile Anti-Collision Systems $32.00 Aerial Real Photo Postcard: Locust Grove Motel North Madison OhioAerial Real Photo Postcard: Locust Grove Motel North Madison Ohio $4.15
New Music Record The Locust "Plague Soundscapes" LpNew Music Record The Locust "Plague Soundscapes" Lp $26.19 Csiro Leaflet No. 19 Locusts and Grasshoppers Australian FarmingCsiro Leaflet No. 19 Locusts and Grasshoppers Australian Farming $12.29
Genghis Tron Board Up The House Cd avant-metal, cyber-grind converge locust NewGenghis Tron Board Up The House Cd avant-metal, cyber-grind converge locust New $14.99 Funko Pop Gow Locust DroneFunko Pop Gow Locust Drone $16.99
New - Time of the Locust: A Novel by Yejide, MorowaNew - Time of the Locust: A Novel by Yejide, Morowa $11.48 5Pcs Hard Baits Insect Shape Locust Lures Topwater Crankbaits Fishing Lure5Pcs Hard Baits Insect Shape Locust Lures Topwater Crankbaits Fishing Lure $9.48
The Locusts Have No KingThe Locusts Have No King $3.99 Gi Joe Missile Part for Locust Helicopter A Real American Hero Series 2000 aGi Joe Missile Part for Locust Helicopter A Real American Hero Series 2000 a $1.50
Hour of Devastation Promo Prerelease The Locust God Mtg Magic Sealed NmHour of Devastation Promo Prerelease The Locust God Mtg Magic Sealed Nm $36.99 New Music Record The Locust "New Erections" LpNew Music Record The Locust "New Erections" Lp $21.57
1941 Press Photo Locust Manor Ny race track construction for New Jamaica races1941 Press Photo Locust Manor Ny race track construction for New Jamaica races $20.00 Revision Desert Locust Military Goggles System 2 Lens Kit (Black) 10101Revision Desert Locust Military Goggles System 2 Lens Kit (Black) 10101 $80.99 Was:  Previous Price $89.99
MagiDeal 5Pcs Hard Baits Insect Shape Locust Lures Topwater Crankbaits LuresMagiDeal 5Pcs Hard Baits Insect Shape Locust Lures Topwater Crankbaits Lures $9.74 Machine Head - Unto the Locust - heavy metal band, T-shirt Sizes S to 6XlMachine Head - Unto the Locust - heavy metal band, T-shirt Sizes S to 6Xl $14.99 to $17.99
Vintage Gi Joe Cobra Locust InstructionsVintage Gi Joe Cobra Locust Instructions $4.99 1967 Press Photo Demolition of 95 year old Bridge across Locust Fork Alabama1967 Press Photo Demolition of 95 year old Bridge across Locust Fork Alabama $9.99
2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1 Adam-Geddon #2a Locust Lucas Green2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1 Adam-Geddon #2a Locust Lucas Green $1.45 Funko Pop Games: Gears of War - Locust Drone Action FigureFunko Pop Games: Gears of War - Locust Drone Action Figure $9.49
Queen Indian Locust Tree Wall Hanging Tapestry Art Home Decorative Mandala ThrowQueen Indian Locust Tree Wall Hanging Tapestry Art Home Decorative Mandala Throw $25.96 Locust Weathered Well Rare Original U.K. Promo Poster Ad Framed!Locust Weathered Well Rare Original U.K. Promo Poster Ad Framed! $70.40 Was:  Previous Price $80.00
Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia, Tree Seeds (Fast, Hardy, Fragrant)Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia, Tree Seeds (Fast, Hardy, Fragrant) $2.00 to $40.00 Covered Bridge over Locust Fork of Black Warrior River, Alabama Postcard UnusedCovered Bridge over Locust Fork of Black Warrior River, Alabama Postcard Unused $5.99
1930 Pc: Friends Academy-Locust Valley, Long Island, Ny1930 Pc: Friends Academy-Locust Valley, Long Island, Ny $9.99 The Locust, Locust - Molecular Genetics from the Gold Standard Labs [New Cd]The Locust, Locust - Molecular Genetics from the Gold Standard Labs [New Cd] $12.91 List price:  Previous Price $15.98
Karen Black original leggy candid portrait photo 1975 The Day of the LocustKaren Black original leggy candid portrait photo 1975 The Day of the Locust $9.99 Monks Of Weston Priory Locusts & Wild Honey cassette tape 1972Monks Of Weston Priory Locusts & Wild Honey cassette tape 1972 $12.99
Gears Of War War Locust Funko Pop Mystery Mini Vinyl Toy Free ShippingGears Of War War Locust Funko Pop Mystery Mini Vinyl Toy Free Shipping $5.91 Was:  Previous Price $6.95 Available handmade antique mechanical clock locust pointer bronze statue watchesAvailable handmade antique mechanical clock locust pointer bronze statue watches $69.99
Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust (New Edition) (New Directions PaperboMiss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust (New Edition) (New Directions Paperbo $4.30 Trending at $5.03 Our Locust Years by Corey Mesler (English) Paperback Book Free Shipping!Our Locust Years by Corey Mesler (English) Paperback Book Free Shipping! $19.97
Click to see more Locust items at www.ebay.com
Prices current as of last update, 03/20/18 6:20pm.

Home Contact Resources Exchange Links eBay