After millions of locusts arrived at the Yucatan beaches of Progreso and Sisal three days ago, the swarm of grasshoppers has now moved all the way to Merida, covering the sky like a cloud, blacking out the sun at some points.

These insects are usually solitary, but under certain circumstances they become more abundant, and change their behavior and habits, becoming gregarious.

In fact, they are a certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family of the Acrididae that at some point in time have a swarming phase.

One of the main characteristics of these insects is their great ability to migrate from one place to another and, in certain circumstances, reproduce very quickly.

These cloud forming devastating pests can destroy entire crops, which is why these insects are considered extremely harmful for agriculture.

Big Wobble / Crickey Conservation Society 2019.   

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