Africa’s worst locust plague in decades is threatening the continent at an unprecedented scope. And there’s no telling just how far the ravenous creatures will travel.
Desert locusts are the most destructive of all locust species – known for their speedy growth and enormous appetites. A swarm containing hundreds of millions of locusts can travel 90 miles (144 kilometres) a day, and each insect can eat its own weight in food.
To put it into perspective, an expert told the Wall Street Journal that “a swarm the size of Manhattan can consume as much food in a day as the population of the New York tri-state area.”