FAO/Seven Torfinn/Panos Pictures

Ngobit, Laikipia County, Kenya

A boy holds a desert locust that he has caught. Desert locusts have swarmed into Kenya from Somalia and Ethiopia, destroying farmland and crops. The yellow locust is mature and, while not so voracious as the pink-coloured and still growing instars (nymphs), is ready for mating and laying the eggs that will produce the next generation. These are born two weeks after laying with each female producing approximately 200 nymphs which will mature and lay eggs about 20 - 25 days after hatching.

According to the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) the current locust invasion, when an entire region is affected, is known as an 'upsurge'. However, if it gets worse and cannot be contained, over a year or more, it would become what is known as a 'plague' of locusts.bo

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FAO/Seven Torfinn/Panos Pictures
City
Ngobit, Laikipia County
Country
Kenya
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Not available in Germany and the Netherlands
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High Resolution
6720 x 4480 pixels
56.9 x 37.93 cm (300 dpi)
22.4 x 14.93 inch (300 dpi)
12.9 MB size on disk
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