Locusts: Egg laying and egg beds


Each female locust can drill a hole in the ground and lay eggs in a pod at a depth of 2–10 cm.

A single female will usually lay one to three egg pods provided ample green vegetation is available.

Pods can be laid in a minimum of five day intervals during summer or 10–14 days during autumn.

A collection of egg pods laid by a number of locusts is termed an 'egg bed'.

This Primefact covers the following topics:

  • Egg laying
  • Egg beds
  • Egg development
  • Reporting


Primefact PUB20/960 Third Edition

Published: Dec 2020