The Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region
DL Situation
Desert Locust Bulletin, No. 534, March 2023

Breeding Occurs in Saudi Arabia

The Desert Locust situation continued to remain calm during March. Low numbers of solitarious adults and a few groups were present at the end of the winter season in the southern Western Sahara, south of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, and the Red Sea coasts of Sudan and southeast Egypt. In Saudi Arabia, adult groups laid since the end of February in two small areas of the northern coast, and new hoppers hatched in March and formed small groups and some bands. In Yemen, only small adults were present on the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coast.
During the forecast period, unusually good rains are expected on the coast and interior of Saudi Arabia in April which will allow a generation of spring breeding. Hopper groups and small bands will continue on the coast from April to mid-May, Fedglings to start in early April, and adults could form groups and go to the interior. Elsewhere, small-scale is likely to occur south of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the interior of Yemen, in southeast Iran and southwest Pakistan, and perhaps in central Algeria, southwest Libya, and northern Oman if more rain falls. No signifcant developments are likely.

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DLIS - 03, Apr 2023