Immature Desert Locust in the UK

Subject: Cricket
Location: Uk Washington Tyne and Wear
July 13, 2017 2:40 am
Well I was leaving for work this morning when I came across a yellow and black cricket with red eyes it was very bizarre as I’ve never seen a cricket like that in my life and I Live in Britain so it looked very exotic for my region and I was asking could you help identify it.
Signature: Cricket

Immature Desert Locust

Dear Cricket,
We did not think this Grasshopper identification was going to present the identification challenge that it did.  The first matching image we found was on DK Findout, but alas, there was no identification except the category “crickets, locusts and grasshoppers.”  We then found an Alamy stock photo identified as African Desert Locust,
Schistocerca gregaria subadult.  Now that we had a name, we located BBC Nature where it states:  “The desert locust is one of about a dozen species of grasshoppers known as locusts which – unlike other grasshoppers – are able to change their behaviour in response to population density. This enables them to form swarms that can migrate over large distances. Locust swarms vary from less than one square kilometre to several hundred square kilometres. There can be from 40 million to as many as 80 million locust adults in each square kilometre of a swarm.”

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