Hardwood from any of various locust trees.
ETYM Latin locusta locust, grasshopper. Related to Lobster.
Migratory grasshoppers of warm regions having short antennae.
Swarming grasshopper, with short antennae and auditory organs on the abdomen, in the family Acrididae. As winged adults, flying in swarms, locusts may be carried by the wind hundreds of miles from their breeding grounds; on landing they devour all vegetation.
Locusts occur in nearly every continent.
The migratory locust Locusta migratoria ranges from Europe to China, and even small swarms may cover several square miles, and weigh thousands of tons. Control by spreading poisoned food among the bands is very effective, but it is cheapest to spray concentrated insecticide solutions from aircraft over the insects or the vegetation on which they feed. They eat the equivalent of their own weight in a day, and, flying at night with the wind, may cover some 500 km/300 mi. The largest known swarm covered 1,036 sq km/400 sq mi, comprising approximately 40 billion insects.