Major Swarms Of Insects

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That looks really disgusting! I guess the sea gulls don't even like them, too bad!
And so tragic about the locusts in Ethiopia and Kenya!
 

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I'm not sure there were "millions" of moths in this New Mexico incident, but there were certainly a lot of them ...

The video illustrates how densely the moths were gathered at the site.
Millions of moths invade animal sanctuary pig pen

The owner of a New Mexico animal sanctuary said she was shocked to discover some unwanted animals had invaded her pig pen -- a massive swarm of millions of moths.

Tamara Hubbard of the Santuario De Karuna in Tijeras said she heard one of the pigs living at the sanctuary crying out in distress at night and rushed to investigate.

"I came out of the house and noticed the light was on," Hubbard told KOB-TV. "I must have inadvertently bumped it cause I don't know. I couldn't count them, a million moths."

Hubbard said there were so many moths she couldn't see the white paint on the walls.

"Oh my God we are under siege," she can be heard saying in cellphone video of the swarm. "This is bad, this is so bad, oh my God they are all over me."

Hubbard said she got the moths to disperse by shutting off the light.

Insect expert Richard Fagerlund said moths are swarming in the area due to dry weather.

"It's so dry out that they are coming out of the mountains and out of the desert because there's no rain, they are coming to town because they can sense the moisture," he said.

SOURCE (WITH VIDEO): https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...nvade-animal-sanctuary-pig-pen/6441589919235/
 

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In a previous role of mine, I was sitting in a runway caravan, which is essentially a greenhouse on wheels to those uninitiated with military aviation ground vehicles. As it was a scorching hot day....and I’m in a greenhouse, I had the side door wide open. As I was scanning all around (as a good runway controller should be doing) I saw what looked like a solid, undulating black mass emerge from some nearby trees. My brain couldn’t interpret what I was seeing at first until this cloud of blackness got closer. With just a second to spare I managed to quickly slam the side door shut as an enormous swarm of bees seem to completely envelope the caravan! Fortunately they didn’t linger and moved on but for that minute or so, trapped within a swarm, I was distinctly uncomfortable. Strange how my mind couldn’t compute what the hell I was looking at until it was almost too late....I shudder to think what would have happened if they had bounced off the door and into the enclosed cabin with me!
 

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My car was covered in ants this morning. It was just weird.
They've gone now, after I brushed them away several times throughout the day.
I'm wondering if they sensed the storm coming and were looking for shelter?
 

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Now the locusts are taking over cities.

June 27 (UPI) -- Local officials in India advised residents near Delhi to be on alert and close their windows as a swarm of desert locusts entered the capital Saturday.

The swarm arrived in the neighboring city of Gurugram in Haryana state, as well as the South and West districts of Delhi. The government of Haryana issued a high alert, and Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai called for an emergency meeting.

"All district magistrates have been advised to remain on high alert and to cooperate with the district fire department personnel for spraying prescribed pesticides/insecticides," the a Delhi advisory said.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-...overtake-Indias-capital-region/4161593279908/
 

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Now it's Brazil and Argentina.

Brazil and Argentina are monitoring the movements of a large swarm of locusts, which has been eating its way through crops in the region.

The insects, which can cover a distance of 150km (93 miles) in a day, have already travelled from Paraguay to Argentina and it is feared Brazil and Uruguay could be next.

Brazil has told farmers to be alert to the possible arrival of the locusts.

Kenya and India are also currently fighting locusts swarms.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-53221211
 

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The mob molecule.

Locusts are usually harmless loners. But together, they become plagues.

When conditions are right, solitary locusts begin congregating and transmogrifying into their “gregarious” form, becoming a bigger, more aggressive eating machine. These groups can grow into ever-larger conglomerations, potentially hundreds of millions strong, that cross continents and destroy crops. A swarm of desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) the size of Rome consumes as much food in a day as all the people in Kenya. This year, East Africa is experiencing its worst locust plague in decades.

Now, scientists have pinpointed a compound emitted by congregating locusts that might explain how individuals of one widespread species overcome their innate aversion to socializing. The finding, described August 12 in Nature, could inform new ways of controlling or preventing locust swarms, potentially by attracting the insects with their own scents.

“It’s a significant and exciting study,” says Baldwyn Torto, a chemical ecologist at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya who wasn’t involved in the study. “We don’t have great ways of baiting locusts. This [compound] has potential.” ...

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/locust-swarms-pheromones-pest-control
 

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Vid at link.

Kenya: A sustainable solution to locust swarms?


In 2020, East Africa experienced the worst locust swarms in 70 years.Billions of insects devoured crops and grazing land, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people in the Horn of Africa. But a Kenyan NGO, Bug Picture, has come up with a sustainable solution to the problem. It's training, and paying, affected communities to catch the locusts, which are then turned into animal feed and fertiliser.

Edited by Joe Inwood.

Published 13 hours ago

Section BBC News Subsection Africa

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-56187046
 

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Stephen Mudoga, 12, the son of a farmer, chases away a swarm of locusts on his farm as he returns home from school, at Elburgon, in Nakuru county, Kenya Wednesday, March 17, 2021. It's the beginning of the planting season in Kenya, but delayed rains have brought a small amount of optimism in the fight against the locusts, which pose an unprecedented risk to agriculture-based livelihoods and food security in the already fragile Horn of Africa region, as without rainfall the swarms will not breed.

FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/world-ne...-agriculture-d28a6e4b97cc1a35e69a8f7faea9c7ce
 

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Recycle those cicada shells!

These miniature monster models are made from discarded cicada shells​


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These monstrosities were originally shared by the Twitter account for the horror film podcast the Rotating Chair — which is fitting, because they are the stuff of awesome nightmares.

As far as I can tell, they are originally from Twitter user @ride_hero_, who is supposedly a student in Osaka, Japan and has been doing this for several years now. ...

https://boingboing.net/2021/05/26/t...ls-are-made-from-discarded-cicada-shells.html

 

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Recycle those cicada shells!

These miniature monster models are made from discarded cicada shells​


Eg25t29UcAAfk-J.jpeg

These monstrosities were originally shared by the Twitter account for the horror film podcast the Rotating Chair — which is fitting, because they are the stuff of awesome nightmares.

As far as I can tell, they are originally from Twitter user @ride_hero_, who is supposedly a student in Osaka, Japan and has been doing this for several years now. ...

https://boingboing.net/2021/05/26/t...ls-are-made-from-discarded-cicada-shells.html

That's a nightmare, there.
 

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Just imagine the noise it would make...
 

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Cicadas ground plane.

Reporters travelling to the United Kingdom ahead of President Joe Biden’s first overseas trip were delayed seven hours after their chartered plane was overrun by cicadas.

The Washington, DC, area is among the many parts of the country suffering under the swarm of Brood X, a large emergence of the loud 17-year insects that take to dive-bombing onto moving vehicles and unsuspecting passers-by.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/world/arid-40309703.html
 

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As if record heat and drought weren't plague enough, some western US states are facing an upsurge in swarms of grasshoppers threatening crops. One side-effect of this development is an correspondingly worrisome upsurge in pesticide use.
Grasshoppers Are Descending on the West in Swarms

Thanks to extreme drought conditions and last year’s fairly large population of the dry climate–loving insect, concerningly dense swarms of grasshoppers are descending on the Western United States. The outbreak is causing concern amongst farmers across the West, from Utah to Wyoming to Montana, who are worried for their crops and livelihoods ...
FULL STORY: https://slate.com/technology/2021/07/grasshoppers-drought-farming-west-swarms.html
 
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