Demystifying the locust plague: Why it's all happening now

Locusts on a tree in Kanukurmeri village in Turkana County on January 20. Locusts have invaded different parts of the country. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

It is fast, ferocious and will stop at nothing. It is called a desert locust or, scientifically, Schistocerca gregaria. The desert locust, the insect wreaking havoc across the country, is one of the most destructive species. It’s greatest assets being agility and endurance, enabling it to remain in the air for long periods of time. Thanks to this, the desert locust can cover 150km per day at a speed of 16km/hr, destroying everything in its path.

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