The Five Most Dangerous Insect Swarms

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For many people, insects are extremely frightening.

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I myself have different fears, but I completely understand the terror that shoots up your spine when a spider darts unexpectedly across your skin. That’s not to say I’m not frightened by insects at all, it just takes more than one to scare me. I freak out when confronted with insect swarms.

That fear has inspired me to create a list of some of the most dangerous insect swarms in the world. While some of these insects are a danger by themselves, it’s when they get together that you really see some trouble. Without further ado, here are five of the most dangerous insect swarms in existence:

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5. Locusts

The locust is not a particularly dangerous or deadly insect to humans. It’s highly unlikely to bite you, and even if it did it wouldn’t kill you. The danger they pose to humans is more indirect, and more horrifying, than many of the other insects on this list. They will, essentially, make you starve to death. Locusts will swarm into your fields and eat all your crops, rendering months of hard work useless in a short period of time. While people are far less likely to die after a locust swarm today, mostly because of UN food aid and such, the economic and psychological damage is horrendous, particularly in developing nations. Plenty of African farmers live in fear of the arrival of locusts, just as farmers feared them in biblical times.

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