Footage shows grasshoppers swarming above the Las Vegas strip as the insects invade the city due to unusual wet weather
- Large swarms of locusts have descended to Las Vegas in recent days
- The insects travel north to Central Nevada because of changing weather patterns and an unusually wet first six months of the year in the state
- Footage shows pale-winged locusts flying above the Las Vegas night sky
- An expert claimed that they pose no risk and will soon migrate to the north
Large swarms of locusts have descended on Las Vegas and wet weather is the clear fault for the invasion.
Residents have noticed the insects along the strip and in other parts of the city of Nevada, but experts claimed that people should not be alarmed by their presence.
Jeff Knight, entomologist at the Nevada Department of Agriculture, told CNN that the adult pallid-winged locusts travel north to central Nevada, but they are a common desert species.
Large swarms of locusts have descended on Las Vegas and wet weather is the clear fault for the invasion. magicians show the insects on a sidewalk a few blocks from the strip
He said: & it seems from history that when we have a wet winter or spring, these things often accumulate below Laughlin and even in Arizona.
& # 39; We will have flights around this time of the year, migrations, and they will go north. & # 39;
He explained that the large presence of locusts could be caused by the wetter than average winter and spring.
Las Vegas saw almost its double amount of rainfall in the first six months of the year, from January to June. Knight explained that the locusts do not pose a threat because they do not carry infection or bite.
Swarms of locusts are seen on a large lamppost with an expert who says they are traveling north this year to central Nevada in a migration due to wetter than normal weather
Residents have noticed the insects along the strip and in other parts of the city of Nevada, but experts claimed that people should not be afraid of their presence
They are also unlikely to cause damage to someone's property, as they are unlikely to stay long and travel farther into the desert.
He claimed that the insects were usually attracted to ultraviolet light and suggested that people could install devices to avoid the insects on their property.
& # 39; They do not carry any diseases. They don't bite. They are not even one of the species that we consider a problem. They are unlikely to cause much damage in the garden. & # 39;
The most recent similar migration took place in 2012 or 2013. He explained: & # 39; We have clear data from the 60s and I've seen it at least four or five times in my more than thirty years.
Dozens of locusts swarm outside of a Las Vegas strip building
Las Vegas saw almost twice the rainfall in the first six months of the year from January to June, which could explain the migration of locusts to the north
Grasshoppers fly above the night sky and are illuminated by a radiant light from the iconic Luxor Resort and Casino
& # 39; There are some special weather conditions that are causing the migration. & # 39;
Lyft driver Jessica Palmore made a Thursday video of the insects flying above the iconic Luxor Hotel & Casino at night and posted them on her Facebook page.
They could be seen by the sharp light of the hotel with its striking pyramid shape.
& # 39; I know they are harmless, but they make me super itchy to see them, & # 39; she revealed.
In the video she hears say: & # 39; Oh no, something is wrong with the world, I can't even handle this.
& # 39; Oh my god, it goes so far up, they are all insects. & # 39; Grasshoppers can both jump and fly and they can reach a speed of eight miles per hour when in the air.
They are medium to large insects, while an adult can grow up to seven centimeters, depending on the length.
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