Published On: Mon, Jan 7th, 2019

Locusts invade the skies of Mérida, Yucatán

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After thousands of locusts arrived at the beaches of Progreso and Sisal three days ago, now the swarm moved all the way to Mérida.

The Yucatecan capital witnessed hoy hundreds of thousands (or probably millions) of these insects covered the sky like a cloud, blacking out the sun at some points. Many social network users reported the event through their accounts.

The plague of locusts was detected in several neighbourhoods of the city and the cybernauts shared images and videos of the arrival mentioning @climaYucatan.

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

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

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

TYT Newsroom with information from and Telesur



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