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- ""That can't be right.""
- —Kayla, reacting to the flaming locusts.(src)
- "Bugs. Why does there have to be bugs?"
- —Ellie Sattler(src)
An unidentified species of large extinct locusts are a species of genetically-altered insect that appears in Jurassic World: Dominion. They are locusts from the prehistoric era (specifically the Cretaceous), with Biosyn and Dr. Henry Wu altering their DNA to be stronger. The locusts were originally designed to spread genetic modifications to non-Biosyn crops that would allow them to become immune to drought, frosts, and diseases. However, since they are engineered to not feed on Biosyn seeds, they start to eat every other plant in sight and spiral even further out of control than anticipated, threatening a global ecological collapse.
Jurassic World: Dominion
Numerous giant locusts were engineered from both the original extinct ones and modern migratory locusts (Locusta migratoria) by Dr. Henry Wu for Biosyn in order to control the world's food chain, and they have been a plague on various plantation in the US. When Owen Grady and Claire Dearing infiltrate a Maltan black market, multiple caged and cooked specimens of giant locust are seen.
After they swarmed a farm that was later investigated by Dr. Sattler, she joins forces with Dr. Grant to get a sample of a giant locust out of the Biosyn Research Facility in order to prove that they have been responsible for the locust epidemic, without disturbing the others in the process. They succeed, but the escape of Maisie Lockwood and Beta the Velociraptor triggered the alarm that caused the locust to swarm out of controls. Later, Lewis Dodgson ordered the giant locusts' containment facility to be incinerated to cover up his and Biosyn's tracks after seeing a news report that the locusts were now in other countries. However, the giant locusts break out while engulfed in flames. Apparently, they can survive being set on fire without dying for a very long time. However, the majority of the locusts eventually collapse and burn to death. All the flaming locusts, dead and alive, engulf the Biosyn Sanctuary in flames, causing a raging fire. Dr. Sattler and Claire Dearing try to shut down the main Biosyn power supply but encounter multiple vegitative locust, which resume animation when the power system reboots.
Later, when the valley's resident Giganotosaurus terrorizes the reunited group, Ian Malcolm used a burning locust to distract the larger theropod before throwing the flaming insect into its mouth, stunning it. As shown by the Giganotosaurus non-chalantly eating a flaming locust, it appears to like cooked meals and insects.
Back in the U.S., a newly-redeemed Henry Wu is seen releasing a modified locust carrying the pathogen agent he found while using the same method as the late Charlotte Lockwood. The modified insect is then followed by a swarm of wild giant locusts. It can be assumed the locust outbreak has been eradicated and reduced, at least in the U.S., simultaneously Alan and Ellie took their captive locust and the DNA sample; proving that it was from Biosyn before the U.S. senate; exposing Dodgson's plot.
Behind the scenes
The giant locust is not a real insect. While members of the grasshopper, cricket, and locust order (Orthoptera) existed in the Mesozoic, true grasshoppers and locusts only evolved in the Eocene, when grasslands first began to appear. The ones in Jurassic World: Dominion are also much larger than any real grasshopper, either extant or in the fossil record, to the point of rivaling giant Carboniferous insects such as Meganeura in size.
|Jurassic World: Dominion Prehistoric Creatures|
|Allosaurus • Ankylosaurus • Apatosaurus • Atrociraptor • Baryonyx • Brachiosaurus • Carnotaurus • Compsognathus • Dilophosaurus • Dimetrodon • Dimorphodon • Dreadnoughtus • Gallimimus • Giganotosaurus • Giant locust • Iguanodon • Lystrosaurus • Microceratus • Moros • Mosasaurus • Nasutoceratops • Oviraptor • Parasaurolophus • Pteranodon • Pyroraptor • Quetzalcoatlus • Sinoceratops • Stegosaurus • Stygimoloch • Therizinosaurus • Triceratops • Tyrannosaurus rex • Velociraptor|