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RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION ON DESERT LOCUSTS
This photo of the dead locust was taken at Lempaute in Samburu East Sub-County in early February 2020. The dead locust were the result of a successful intervention by the desert locust response team.
Unfortunately, the rain washed up the dead locusts to Lempaute dam, which was used by the community for domestic water, contaminating the water.
The brown colour on top of the trees is the desert locusts.
This picture was taken at Nkoteyia in Samburu West Sub-County, an area vulnerable to the desert locusts.
An aerial spraying has just taken place before IMPACT arrived to help, the desert locusts control team using mild concentrated insecticides.
This man from the Samburu Community (Oldonyiro Sub-County of Isiolo County) is narrating the story of the desert locusts’ invasion around 70 years prior. He explained the route taken by the locusts, the roosting and breeding places as well as responses of the colonial government at the time.
Pictured are the desert locust nymphs from lenkusaka village around Samburu East sub-county.
The nymphs are in the second or third stage of their development cycle.
At this stage they do not fly, making them very destructive in an isolated area, unlike the mature locusts that fly from one place to another.
These plants are Datura stramonium. All the leaves were eaten by the desert locusts during the first invasion of desert locusts in January 2020.
The plants have no benefits to the pastoral community and the community wished the locusts could clear all Datura plants, saying the plants are poisonous for their livestock.
Unfortunatley, the locusts have eaten all the plants which used to form the livestock's pasture, leaving the cows with nothing.
This was a desert locust feeding on the green leaves of plants during the first invasion of the desert locusts in January 2020 around Kipsing in Oldonyiro Sub-County in Isiolo County.
This picture was taken early January 2020 in Samburu East. This is one of the first swarms of the desert locusts’ arrival in Samburu East Sub-County.
They were a matured swarm looking for a favorable area for breeding.
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