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What is the most destructive insect in the world?

The desert locust, a grasshopper, is the world's most destructive insect.

The locust, a highly destructive insect, can eat its own weight in vegetation per day. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
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The locust, a highly destructive insect, can eat its own weight in vegetation per day.

The most destructive insect is the desert locust (Schistocera gregaria), the locust of the Bible, whose habitat ranges from the dry and semi-arid regions of Africa and the Middle East, through Pakistan and northern India.

This short-horn grasshopper can eat its own weight in food a day, and during long migratory flights a large swarm can consume 20,000 tons (18,144 kilograms) of grain and vegetation a day.

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