The term "locust" refers to any one of several species in the grasshopper family Acrididae
that, when their population reaches a certain tipping point within a certain area, will suddenly abandon a solitary lifestyle and become what scientists refer to as "gregarious," which is a polite term for "ravenous swarm of rapidly breeding insects that gobbles up crops for miles around.
carrion feeding Suborder: Caelifera Family: Romaleidae Romalea microptera (Beauvois)--excretion of chemicals Taeniopoda eques--carrion feeding Family: Acrididae
Subfamily: Gomphocerinae Dichromorpha viridis--Intermediate host of Choanotaenia infundibulum Subfamily: Cyrtacanthacridinae Schistocerca americana--carrion feeding Schistocerca gregaria-large swarms lead to outbreaks of allergies, asthma, and cholera.
Natal Museum prey records include (sex of predator in brackets): Orthoptera (2): Acrididae
Homoptera, Cicadellidae Omocestus haemorrhoidalis Orthoptera, Acrididae
Chorthippus brunneus Orthoptera, Acrididae
Cryptothrips nigripes Thysanoptera, Phlaeothripidae Thrips trehernei Thysanoptera, Thripidae Chirothrips manicatus Thysanoptera, Thripidae Pyralis farinalis Lepidoptera, Pyralidae (larvae) Autographa gamma Lepidoptera, Noctuidae (larvae) Ability to Body length Prey species escape (mm) Psammotettix sp.
The North American developmental hosts for this species include various Acrididae
(Ward and Whipple, 1918), Odonata (Cappucci, 1977), the orthopterans, Stenopelmatus fuscus Brunner (Cappucci, 1977), Stenopelmatus spp.
1 Insecta (insects) Orthoptera Acrididae
Melanoplus differentialis 2 3.
The North American Grasshoppers Acrididae
The types and abundance of sensilla on mole cricket antennae differ greatly from those found in above-ground orthopterans, such as Tetrigidae and Acrididae
(Bland 1989, 1991).
5% of Acrididae
(n = 46) and Tettigoniidae (n = 50) where taken after June, and 92.