The area and zones of mass outbreaks of the Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria L.)

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Specialist-biologist I.Ya.Grichanov, GIS-specialist - M.I.Saulich.

Date of creation:




Accuracy of map:

Created using maps of natural scale 1: 12 000 000 000, 1: 110 000 000 and 1: 2000 000 000.


"Alber's Equal Area for the USSR", 9, 1001, 7, 100, 0, 44, 68, 0, 0.

Basic contents:

Vector map. Area and zone of mass outbreak are shown by polygons.

Accuracy of classifier:

Within the distribution area, zones of mass outbreak have been identified based on periodicity of pest population outbreaks and frequency of gregarious phase is different for each zone, used as a classifier for each zone. Borders are dynamic, depending on pest migrations, population density, extent of cultivated area and weather conditions, but can spread as far as 300 km from the center of mass outbreaks. Area was defined using the published maps of Lachininskii et al. (2002). Zones based on foci of mass outbreaks were determined according to Polyakov (1975).

Method of map production:

Scientists were given maps with boundaries of Oblasts and arable lands. After reviewing historic literature, species distribution was hand drawn on maps. If data were on the Oblast-level, distribution is on the Oblast level. In some cases, Oblast's are further refined by boundaries of the Arable Land Map. Hand drawn maps were scanned, georeferenced and vectorized.

Reference citations:

Bei-Bienko G.Ya. 1932. A manual of locust survey. Leningrad: Upravlenie Sluzhby ucheta Gos. OBV Narkozema SSSR. 159 pp.
Bei-Bienko G.Ya., Mishchenko L.L. 1951. Locusts of the fauna of the USSR and adjacent countries. In: Keys on the USSR fauna, N38, parts I & II. Moscow & Leningrad: AN SSSR. 668 pp.
Koroljeva, I.E., Vilchevskaya, E.V., Ruhovich, D.I. 2003. Digital Arable Land Map. Laboratory of Soil Information of the Dokuchaev Soil Institute, Moscow.
Lachininskii A.V., Sergeev M.G., Chil'debaev M.K., Chernyakhovsky M.E., Lockwood J.A., Kambulin V.E. & F.A. Gapparov. 2002. Locusts of Kazakhstan, Central Asia and adjacent territories. Larami: Association for Applied Akridology International, University of Wyoming. 387 pp.
Mishchenko L.L. 1952. Locusts (Catantopinae) Fauna of the USSR. Orthopterous insects. Leningrad: AN SSSR. V. 4 (2): 610. (In Russian)
Sergeev M.G. 1986. Regularities in distribution of orthopterous insects of Northern Asia. Novosibirsk: Nauka. 238 pp.
Tsyplenkov E.P. 1970. Locust pests in the USSR. Leningrad: Kolos. 272 pp.

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Copyright 2003 (c) I.Ya.Grichanov & M.I.Saulich (vector map, description)
Photo © V.V.Neymorovets (VIZR)

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