The Great North American Locust Plague

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Lockwood , J. A. and L. D. DeBrey. 1990. A solution for the sudden and unexplained extinction of the Rocky Mountain locust, Melanoplus spretus (Walsh). Environmental Entomology 19, 1194 – 1205.

Lockwood , J. A. 2010. The fate of the Rocky Mountain locust, Melanoplus spretus
Walsh: implications for conservation biology. Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews 3,129–160

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