The locust is a large, powerful insect that is capable of causing extensive damage to crops and other vegetation. They are particularly destructive during swarms, when large numbers of them can strip a field of all its vegetation in a matter of hours. Locusts are also capable of flying long distances, which makes them difficult to control and contain. Locusts are characterized by their long, powerful hind legs which they use for jumping. They also have large, compound eyes and a short, stout body. Most locusts are brown or black, but some species can be brightly colored. In some parts of the world, locusts are considered a major pest and their control is a major agricultural priority.