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  •  I read that. Now I'm curious (9+ / 0-)

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    Locusts are the swarming phase of the short-horned grasshoppers of the family Acrididae
    Research at Oxford University has identified that swarming behavior is a response to overcrowding. Increased tactile stimulation of the hind legs causes an increase in levels of serotonin.[5] This causes the locust to change color, eat much more, and breed much more easily. The transformation of the locust to the swarming variety is induced by several contacts per minute over a four-hour period.[6]
    So, I think that the event in 1959 could be considered a swarm of locusts.

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