Luc, my understanding is that the Melanoplus spretus (Rocky Mt locust) swarms were even more overwhelming than any other locust swarm, which seems too incredible to comprehend!

Derek A. Woller, Ph.D.

USDA Supervisory Entomologist, Rangeland Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Management Team

Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A.

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On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 6:18 PM Mike Ferro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Would be great to get some specimens...


On Tue, May 5, 2020, 7:30 PM Leblanc, Luc ([log in to unmask]) <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Our Mormon crickets are amateurs next to these. Nobody is alive anymore to recall the Rocky Mountain locust swarms. They were equally overwhelming.


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Wow, that's overwhelming - likely trillions of them on the wing now!? Thanks for sharing that.


Margaret K. Thayer, Ph.D.  she/her
Curator Emerita and Lecturer (Committee on Evolutionary Biology)
Field Museum and University of Chicago
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On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 4:24 PM Miller, Scott <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

As most of us are under various coronavirus restrictions, just be glad you don’t have locusts too.  Here is a very impressive new video story from the Washington Post on the second wave of locusts in Kenya.