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What does a locust look like? Here’s a close-up view

BBC News offers a close-up look at locusts

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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, ranger Gabriel Lesoipa is surrounded by desert locusts as he and a ground team relay the coordinates of the swarm to a plane spraying pesticides, in Nasuulu Conservancy, northern Kenya. A supercomputer is boosting efforts in East Africa to control a locust outbreak that raises what the U.N. food agency calls “an unprecedented threat” to the region’s food security. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

In this Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, ranger Gabriel Lesoipa is surrounded by desert locusts as he and a ground team relay the coordinates of the swarm to a plane spraying pesticides, in Nasuulu Conservancy, northern Kenya.

Ben Curtis, Associated Press

Swarms of locusts continue to invade parts of East Africa, Asia and the Middle East, posing a major threat to crops and food in those areas. Now, BBC News has offered a glimpse at the insects in full 3D.

BBC News has created a new tool that let’s you see insects in 3D or augmented reality. The tool requires a mobile or desktop device in order to see the insect in either of those two modes.

“For the full AR experience you will need a mobile device. The AR experience uses the latest technology and may need an updated version of your browser. We can’t guarantee it will work on all browsers,” according to BBC News.

The tool lets you tap and click on the insect, getting a full view of its body, skin and structure,

Visit BBC News to test out the new tool.

At the end of June, reports suggested that a fourth wave of locusts would invade Kenya.Food security in the East African region already remained scarce because of the locusts. Billions of locusts have destroyed the area, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

According to Rescue.org, close to five million people are at risk of hunger and famine because of the locusts running through the area. The first wave of locusts — which swarmed Africa earlier this year — reportedly destroyed more than 15,534 miles of land in the East African region.