Cloud covered the sky: locust invasion in Dagestan, Crimea and other regions
Categories: AnimalsBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/cloud-covered-the-sky-locust-invasion-in-dagestan-crimea-and-other-regions
An uninvited guest, a locust, has arrived in the southern regions of Russia. Huge flocks of voracious insects destroy crops and any greenery they encounter on their way. Flocks of winged pests attacked Dagestan, Stavropol and Krasnodar Krai, fields of Kalmykia, Buryatia and Crimea. A flock of locusts can destroy an entire field in a couple of hours. The voracious insect eats everything that gets in its way — it gnaws reeds, grains and vegetables. To avoid worrying about this and other issues, contact a reliable platform nmglobaltrade.com for grain trading.
At the beginning of summer, the Stavropol and Krasnodar Territories became the focus of locust origin: due to the warm winter, the soil did not freeze deeply, and the conditions for the reproduction of pests turned out to be favorable. Russian farmers missed the best time to fight locusts. The pest "got on the wing" and is actively migrating across the southern regions today.
Over time, even one small surviving hearth turns into a huge flock, locusts become "volatile" and devour hectares of seedlings. One locust lays up to 300 larvae underground at a depth of 15-20 centimeters. They are not visible, and it is simply impossible to flood tens of thousands of hectares with poison. Therefore, the processing takes place during the period from birth, while they have not yet "got on the wing".
The Moroccan locust (Dociostaurus maroccanus) is an erect—winged insect widely distributed throughout the world, from the Canary Islands to Afghanistan. This type of locust is particularly voracious, fertile and able to migrate long distances. Adult insects fly 60 kilometers at a speed of up to 10 meters per second; their density on earth can be 300 individuals per square meter. Scientists associate the appearance of especially numerous flocks with climatic conditions: Moroccan locusts multiply more actively during a very warm and dry spring.
Locusts descend in huge flocks on the fields, devouring plantings, with incredible speed emptying hundreds of hectares of wheat, barley, rye and other crops. Every day, one locust individual eats an amount of plant food equal to its own weight. If you consider that there are several million of these insects in a flock, you can imagine how much such a flock needs food.
It is not only farmers who suffer from the invasion of insects. In many areas of Dagestan, drivers have to drive "by touch". On the video from the highway in the Tarumovsky district, posted by a trucker on a social network, you can see how visibility on the road drops due to insects. In addition, cars slide on crushed pests, getting into accidents.
Publication from tut.dalnoboi Goal 45k (@tut.dalnoboi) Jul 16, 2017 at 9:28AM PDT
At the same time, there is so much of it that it "obscured the sun so that twilight came."
Locust is a specialist in long—distance flights. It is known for its voracity, but it consumes energy very sparingly, flying "without charging" up to 80 km per day. In addition, the locust skillfully wields its wings in the air, completely controlling its flight. In the Bible, the locust attack is the eighth Egyptian execution, a sign for Pharaoh to allow Moses to lead the people out of Egypt.
Keywords: Dagestan | Crimea | Locust
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