FAO/Sven Torfinn/Panos Pictures

Mwingi, Kitui County, Kenya

A tree obscured by the vast number of desert locusts that have settled on its branches. The pink locust is immature but voracious as it is growing. The yellow adult eats less but 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.

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FAO/Sven Torfinn/Panos Pictures
Mwingi, Kitui County
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