On Saturday, about 10 pm, everyone who was walking in the city center, Sovetskaya Street, noticed a strange phenomenon: straight from the tree branches on their heads falling locusts. Huge «grasshoppers» galloping feet.
People crushed locust legs. Some of the teenagers photographed on a mobile. In some places — for example, near the museum, Russian Drama Theatre and near the supermarket — it was impossible to pass — the asphalt beneath their feet was covered with winged insects. They jumped up and flew in a chaotic mess, sometimes fell on the hands, feet and face to passersby.
Apparently, the «cloud» of locusts covered only the center of the city, where the most hot. Where next flew locusts, can not be predicted. On Sunday, corpses littered locusts near some shops. Something where they pecked birds. People stray from the account, there was so much of locusts. First uninvited guests were seen in the city on Saturday afternoon.
— I worked in the garden, and found a set of 3, — said a resident of the street Sosyury Tatiana. — Special values not given. My friends told me that this year Volgograd just did locusts attacked. And it lasted more than one day. I would not want us to have as well.
Ecologist Sergei Sokolov, told «In the city» and that «insects live next to us. We do not notice them until a certain point. While not match all the climatic factors — temperature, humidity, lighting, food base. Then there is a mass of their development. «
— I do not remember this since 1959 — says Natalia, a pensioner. — When we were little. Swarm of locusts sat down on the gardens, eating the all and flew on.
However, on the other hand Lugansk biologist, Ph.D. Sergey Fomin doubt that this locust. In his version, expressed on the phone, it’s just grasshoppers.
— Grasshoppers are very similar to the locust externally. It is no wonder that ordinary people get them confused. The main difference is this: in grasshoppers antennae are long, often longer than the body, and for the people, they are completely harmless.
— Why is it in them turned out such a huge amount?
— Potential insect is very high. This year was a rainy spring, still stands and is now the steppe green, but not as usual at this time dry. Insects breed, fly into the light, into the city, hoping to live in a new place, and fall to the pavement.
There are number of bursts in insects. Remember a few years ago in Lugansk had a lot of leaf beetles, remember? So it should not be taken as the Apocalypse arriving grasshoppers and «plagues.»