Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Swarm Of Locusts Devour Everything In Their Path

Watch more with these video collections:

Behold this incredible footage of a desert locust swarm, captured for the BBC’s Planet Earth and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Some background from Wikipedia sets the stage:

Plagues of desert locusts have threatened agricultural production in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia for centuries. The livelihood of at least one-tenth of the world’s human population can be affected by this voracious insect.

The desert locust is potentially the most dangerous of the locust pests because of the ability of swarms to fly rapidly across great distances. It has two to five generations per year. The last major desert locust upsurge in 2004–05 caused significant crop losses in West Africa and had a negative impact on food security in the region. While the desert locust alone is not responsible for famines, it can be an important contributing factor…

It is estimated that desert locusts consume the equivalent of their body weight (2 g (0.07 oz)) each day in green vegetation. They are polyphagous and feed on leaves, shoots, flowers, fruit, seeds, stems and bark. Nearly all crops, and noncrop plants, are eaten including pearl millet, maize, sorghum, barley, rice, pasture grasses, sugarcane, cotton, fruit trees, date palms, banana plants, vegetables and weeds.

File under: Food chain and swarms. Next, watch an Epic Catapulting Locust In Slow Motion.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

The makers of the SAVE plug-in are no longer supporting it. For site speed and security, I've chosen to discontinue its use. If you have saved videos, please back them up with browser bookmarks, Pinterest, or another page saving tool, before they disappear in May 2021. Thank you.
 
This video was posted 4 years ago.

Watch more videos about...

 

 

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Why are cicadas so loud? Entomologist Dr. Samuel Ramsey explains

Rion Nakaya

Evolution, a vibrant mantis-filled music video

Rion Nakaya

The 24 hour lifespan of a mayfly

Rion Nakaya

The ‘Swiss Army knife’ legs of a house centipede

Rion Nakaya

Peru’s rare Black Beauty Stick Insect

Rion Nakaya

Troglobites: Strange Cave Specialists – Planet Earth

Rion Nakaya

How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie

Rion Nakaya

Widow birds bounce and leap for attention

Rion Nakaya

Glowing, blooming fungi in time lapse – Planet Earth II

Rion Nakaya