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Locusts Get Their Optimum Diet Depending On How Hot I Is
2014-07-02 03:50:42

Society for Experimental Biology If you are a locust, the most nutritious plant to eat depends on the ambient temperature. Scientists at the University of Sydney, Australia, have discovered that locusts choose their food and then where they digest it according to how hot it is. Dr Fiona Clissold, who led the study, explains why temperature has such a large influence on insect diets. "Whilst an insect's metabolic rate increases exponentially with temperature, the rate at which locusts...

Largest Genome Ever Sequenced Belongs To Locust Species
2014-01-17 09:59:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The whole genome sequence of Locust (Locusta migratoria), the most widespread locust species, has been successfully decoded by researchers from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, BGI and other institutes. The researchers were surprised by the remarkably large (6.5 gigabytes) yielded genome, which is the largest animal genome sequenced so far. Researchers have been surprised to find that a single locust is able to...

Brood II Cicada Storm Coming, Could Outnumber Humans 600 To One
2013-05-07 14:10:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A storm is coming and any day now millions of people on the east coast from Georgia to Connecticut will feel its inescapable wrath. After 17 relatively quiet years, the Brood II storm will emerge with billions of cicadas overrunning the eastern US. While it is nearly impossible to know for sure just how many of these otherwise harmless pests will arrive, some experts believe they will outnumber humans by 600 to one in the insect's...

A Storm Is Coming In The Form Of The 17-Year Cicada
2013-04-02 15:00:20

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Every 17 years, the Eastern seaboard plays host to millions and millions of visitors who arrive with only one purpose in mind: to mate. The Magicicada septendecim Brood II, or periodical cicada has an unusual life cycle and spends most of its days living underground, living on the bounty of tree roots. Then, when they near the end of their life, they emerge to breed and procreate. Very shortly afterwards, they die before...

Locust Plague Devouring Madagascar, $41M Needed To Combat Infestation
2013-03-28 08:11:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A plague has gripped Madagascar and a UN body says the country will need $41 million over three years to help fight off the infestation that has gripped more than half of the world´s fourth-largest island. The plague comes in the form of locusts, a term generally referring to the swarming phase of several species of short-horned grasshoppers. This plague has been increasingly threatening Madagascar´s crop production and...

2012-01-26 13:44:31

Low protein grasses, land management choices can make insect swarms likely to roam While residents of the United States and much of Europe think of locust plagues as biblical references, locust swarms still have devastating effects on agriculture today, especially in developing countries in Asia and Africa. In a study in the journal Science on Jan. 27, scientists from Arizona State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences show that insect nutrition and agricultural land management...

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2011-07-17 07:36:15

Social studies of Facebook and Twitter have been adapted to gain a greater understanding of the swarming behavior of locusts. The enormous success of social networking sites has vividly illustrated the importance of networking for humans; however for some animals, keeping informed about others of their kind is even more important. In a study published July 15, 2011, in the Institute of Physics and German Physical Society's New Journal of Physics, researchers have shown that swarming, a...

2010-07-19 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) TUESDAY, JULY 20: LOCUST PLAGUE Profile America -- Tuesday, July 20th. Beginning on this date in 1874, the largest swarm of Rocky Mountain locusts ever recorded blackened the skies from the Dakotas to Texas, and stripped farm fields in...


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2005-09-07 20:39:31

Caelifera, a herbivorous insect, is a suborder of the order Orthoptera. Commonly called grasshoppers in English, the sub-order includes short-horned grasshoppers, grasshoppers and locusts. Characteristics The Caelifera have antennae that are shorter than the body, and short ovipositors. Those species that make easily heard noises usually do so by rubbing the hind femurs against the forewings or abdomen, or by snapping the wings in flight. Tympana, if present, are on the sides of the...

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