posted on Nov, 2 2003 @ 10:01 PM
Eleven people died and thousands were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties after a swarm of grasshoppers invaded a town in central Sudan.
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The article states that the grasshoppers gave off a strong smell which caused breathing problems. I find this strange. We get locusts, crickets, and
even the smaller grasshoppers here in the desert and they've never gave off a strong smell. The big black beetles give off a strong smell if
bothered. (the scent is similiar to male cat urine) Also the vinegaroon (related to the scorpian gives off a scent of vinegar when threatened)) This
is a protective mechanism and is actually sprayed into face of an attacker (like a coyote). However, these insects only use this defense when their
life is in danger. That's why I find the behavior of the grasshoppers in the article strange to say the least. What's causing them to be giving
off such a pungent smell causing asthma like symptoms in humans.