Migratory bands give crickets protection Academic Article uri icon


  • Mormon crickets and juvenile locusts form huge migratory bands--millions of individuals march in unison across the landscape and devastate vast agricultural areas, but little is known about why these bands form. Here we use radiotelemetry to show that band membership benefits these insects by greatly reducing the probability that they will become victims of predators. It is likely that migratory banding has evolved because it gives substantial protection to individuals within the group.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 6.088

author list (cited authors)

  • Sword, G. A., Lorch, P. D., & Gwynne, D. T.

citation count

  • 76

complete list of authors

  • Sword, GA||Lorch, PD||Gwynne, DT

publication date

  • January 2005

published in