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The swarms arrive with little warning, just a unique sound as masses of hungry locusts descend upon the rice fields in a Madagascar village. The farmers rush to light fires in the surrounding dry grasses but it is too late - within just three hours 80% of their crop is consumed by the insects. For these subsistence farmers this is a natural disaster but thanks to a UN-supported locust eradication program began in 2013 these scenarios are becoming less frequent. Using helicopters and workers on foot to spray toxic insecticide to help control the infestation.

On the postivie side, the locusts provide a nutritious boost -100 grams of adult locusts yields up to 28 grams of protein and 11.5 grams of unsaturated fat. Grilled on skewers over an open fire or stripped of their wings and fried in a pan the insects augment the Malagasy diet left devastated by the loss of rice crops. Captured with huge sheets and packed into bags for transport the locusts are sold in the local markets. Ingo Arndt brings us images of this invasion and subsequent bounty.
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm flying, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536603 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm flying, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm flying, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536609 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm flying, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm flying, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536611 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm flying, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria capito) swarm flying and passing dry rice field, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536607 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria capito) swarm flying and passing dry rice field, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria capito) swarm flying, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536605 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria capito) swarm flying, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm flying, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536606 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm flying, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm flying, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536610 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm flying, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm being harvested for food by two men using a sheet, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536612 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm being harvested for food by two men using a sheet, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm being harvested for food by two men using a sheet, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536613 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) swarm being harvested for food by two men using a sheet, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) being harvested for food, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536615 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) being harvested for food, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) loaded for transport to food market, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536614 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) loaded for transport to food market, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) collected for for food, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536585 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) collected for for food, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) being tended while drying in the sun, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536586 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) being tended while drying in the sun, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) being prepared for consumption by roasting over fire, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536618 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) being prepared for consumption by roasting over fire, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) being prepared for consumption by roasting over fire, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536620 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) being prepared for consumption by roasting over fire, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) being prepared for consumption by roasting over fire, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536619 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) being prepared for consumption by roasting over fire, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) group skewered for roasting over fire, Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536617 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) group skewered for roasting over fire, Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Experts on locust control discuss pest situation in operation area, Hasina Rakotovao, Annie Monard, Jean-Marie Legrand and Augustin Tsifanary, Miandrivazo Airport, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536592 Experts on locust control discuss pest situation in operation area, Hasina Rakotovao, Annie Monard, Jean-Marie Legrand and Augustin Tsifanary, Miandrivazo Airport, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) pesticide equipment for control operation being prepared by FAO personnel, Tsiroanomandidy, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536638 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) pesticide equipment for control operation being prepared by FAO personnel, Tsiroanomandidy, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Pesticide barrels for FAO locust control operation, Airport Miandrivazo, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536645 Pesticide barrels for FAO locust control operation, Airport Miandrivazo, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) control operation with pesticide application by FAO personnel, Tsiroanomandidy, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536639 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) control operation with pesticide application by FAO personnel, Tsiroanomandidy, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) control operation with pesticide application by FAO personnel, Tsiroanomandidy, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536640 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) control operation with pesticide application by FAO personnel, Tsiroanomandidy, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) control operation helicopter being reloaded with insecticide, Miandrivazo Airport, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536644 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) control operation helicopter being reloaded with insecticide, Miandrivazo Airport, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) control operation with insecticide delivery by FAO helicopter, Miandrivazo, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536642 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) control operation with insecticide delivery by FAO helicopter, Miandrivazo, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Grasshopper (Phymateus saxosus), Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536588 Grasshopper (Phymateus saxosus), Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) warming up on termite mound, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536616 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) warming up on termite mound, near Isalo National Park, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) damage on a deforested landscape showing silted river, Miandrivazo, Madagascar  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536643 Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) damage on a deforested landscape showing silted river, Miandrivazo, Madagascar© Ingo Arndt
Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) life stages from larva through stages L1 to L5, Africa  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536647 Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) life stages from larva through stages L1 to L5, Africa© Ingo Arndt
Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) life stages from larva through stages L1 to L5, Africa  -  Ingo Arndt
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00536648 Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) life stages from larva through stages L1 to L5, Africa© Ingo Arndt
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