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How Do You Like Your Locusts?


On an afternoon stroll yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting this little fellow.

A locust by its size, not any old grasshopper, possibly even a Locusta migratoria. He landed on my T-shirt as I ambled along, and quietly stuck there, with me walking along, for at least five minutes, over a distance of perhaps 300 m. He might have liked the colour of my shirt. A very pleasant companion, I must say.

You see grasshoppers a lot in Mallorca, but more the common ones of perhaps 1 inch in length. This one was 2 inch, at least, I would say. Locusta migratoria used to be around in Europe quite a bit; now you have them more in North Africa and Asia, I am told. Anyway, I was just amazed how long he chose to stay with me.

The photo was actually taken by my wife, to let you know.

The photo was taken near the town of Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain. The date: October 5th, 2007. The time was 17:47:17.

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