Red locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata)

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Red locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata)
Red locust
Distribution
Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Namibia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania
Taxonomy
Family:Acrididae
Subfamily:Cyrtacanthacridinae
Genus:Nomadacris
Additional resources
Full taxonomy from OSF

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The Red locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata) is found in sub-Saharan Africa. The last great invasion (1929–1944) affected most African countries south of the equator. Today its outbreaks are frequent but mostly limited to specific grasslands and seasonal floodplains located in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, and a lesser extent in southern Madagascar. Important breeding areas are the central Niger delta in Mali and the southern shores of Lake Chad. A large outbreak occurred between 1994 and 1996, and more recently in 2009 costing 2 million USD at the time.

Nomenclature

Nomadacris septemfasciata (Serville, 1838). For full nomenclature, see this taxon's page on Orthoptera Species File.


Identification

For additional information see CIRAD profile here

Phase Stage Color Wings Legs
Gregarious nymph
Gregarious immature adult
Gregarious mature adult
Solitarious nymph
Solitarious immature adult
Solitarious adult

Identification resources

Title Link Descriptive keyword Language Geographic purview Author Year
A locust officer's field guide View URL Behavior, Species identification, Outbreaks English Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2003
FAO locust handbook identification key View URL Species identification, Locusts English FAO Desert Locust Information Service, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Orthoptera Species File View URL Species identification, Biology English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania Orthoptera Species File Online
Pest locusts View URL History, Archive, Species identification French, English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development



Distribution

For more information and distribution records see [GBIF]

Nomadacris septemfasciata in solitary phase taken in Madagascar in 2007 by Michel Lecoq.

Biology

Life cycle parameters
Phase Developmental time
Eggs
Hopper
Adult
Laying-fledging
Adult maturation
Total

Habitat and ecology

Lecoq M, Franc A, Luong-Skovmand M-H, Raveloson A, Ravelombony VDP (2006) Ecology and migration patterns of solitary red locusts, Nomadacris septemfasciata (Serville) (Orthoptera: Acrididae) in southwestern Madagascar. Annales de la Société entomologique de France (N.S.) 42: 197–205. https://doi.org/10.1080/00379271.2006.10700623

Land-use change

Pest status

Recent outbreaks

Outbreak media coverage

Associated organizations

Organization Acronym Website Type Focus Focus keywords Geographic purview Species purview
FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa SFS View URL Intergovernmental Organization Development, Management, Governance Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe Brown locust (Locustana pardalina), Red locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa IRLCO CSA View URL Intergovernmental Organization Management, Governance, Funding Monitoring, Control, Regional Cooperation, Forecasting, Natural sciences Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania Red locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata)
Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform MAWLR View URL Government Management Monitoring Namibia Brown locust (Locustana pardalina), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria), Red locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata)


Resources

Title Link Descriptive keyword Language Geographic purview Author Year
2014 evaluation of field trials data on the efficacy and selectivity of insecticides on locusts and grasshoppers View URL Pesticides, Management, Pesticide management, Chemical control English Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2014
CABI Green Muscle education videos View URL Video, Biological control, Biopesticide, Metarhizium acridum, Storage, Dosage, Application, PPE and cleaning Arabic, French, Russian, English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania 2021
Locust Literature View URL Archive French, English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development
Locusts have caused problems for quite some time View URL Locusts, Biology, Chemical control, Mechanical control, Spraying, Data analysis English Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Sustainable use and conservation of microbial and invertebrate biological control agents and microbial biostimulants View URL Management, Biological control, Biopesticide English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International 2023
USAID Transboundary Outbreak Pest ETOP bulletins View URL Information hub English Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean United States Agency for International Development


References