Sudan plague locust (Aiolopus simulatrix)

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Sudan plague locust (Aiolopus simulatrix)
Sudan plague locust
Additional resources
Full taxonomy from OSF

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The Sudan plague locust (Aiolopus simulatrix) is a species of grasshopper that is prevalent in the Sudan region of Africa. Known for its migratory behavior, this locust species has the potential to form swarms under certain environmental conditions, making it a significant agricultural pest. The Sudan plague locust primarily feeds on grasses and crops, posing a threat to agriculture and vegetation. The swarming behavior of these locusts can result in substantial crop damage and economic losses for affected regions. Efforts are often undertaken to monitor and control the population of the Sudan plague locust to minimize its impact on agriculture and food security in the affected areas. Understanding the life cycle, behavior, and ecological factors influencing the abundance of this locust species is crucial for implementing effective pest management strategies.


Aiolopus simulatrix (Walker, 1870). For full nomenclature, see this taxon's page on Orthoptera Species File.


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
Locust identification in Niger View URL Management, Species identification, Agriculturist guide French, Zarma, Hausa Niger Global Locust Initiative, United States Agency for International Development, Directorate of Plant Protection, United Nations AGRHYMET Regional Center, Centre National de Lutte Anti-Acridienne, National Network of Agriculture Chambers of Niger 2022
Orthoptera Species File View URL Species identification, Biology English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania Orthoptera Species File Online


For more information and distribution records see [GBIF]


Life cycle parameters
Phase Developmental time
Adult maturation

Habitat and ecology

Male Aiolopus simulatrix near Aguetai, Red Sea coast, Sudan by Christiaan Kooyman

Land-use change

Pest status

Recent outbreaks

Outbreak media coverage

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Organizations associated with the Sudan plague locust

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Title Link Descriptive keyword Language Geographic purview Author Year
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
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