Footage shows grasshoppers swarming above the Las Vegas strip

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Footage shows swarms of grasshoppers flying around the Las Vegas strip as people shield their heads and look on bewilderment.  

A large amount of adult pallid-winged grasshoppers have descended on Las Vegas and wet weather is to blame for the invasion.

Footage shows the insects flying around outside a business on the Las Vegas strip, right across from the famous Mirage Hotel and Casino late on Thursday night.  

The footage was uploaded by a user called @365inVegas and shows people shielding their heads from the creatures as they walk along. 

Footage shows the insects flying around outside a business, (pictured), on the Las Vegas strip, right across from the famous Mirage Hotel and Casino

Footage shows the insects flying around outside a business, (pictured), on the Las Vegas strip, right across from the famous Mirage Hotel and Casino

 Footage shows the insects flying around outside a business, (pictured), on the Las Vegas strip, right across from the famous Mirage Hotel and Casino

Residents have noticed the insects in the city and in other parts of Nevada, but experts claimed that people should not be alarmed by their presence. 

Jeff Knight, state entomologist with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, told CNN that the adult pallid-winged grasshoppers are traveling north to central Nevada and are a common desert species. 

He said: ‘It appears through history that when we have a wet winter or spring, these things build up often down below Laughlin and even into Arizona.

‘We’ll have flights about this time of the year, migrations, and they’ll move northward.’

Residents have noticed the insects along the strip and in other parts of the Nevada city, but experts claimed that people should not be alarmed by their presence

Residents have noticed the insects along the strip and in other parts of the Nevada city, but experts claimed that people should not be alarmed by their presence

Residents have noticed the insects along the strip and in other parts of the Nevada city, but experts claimed that people should not be alarmed by their presence

Las Vegas saw almost double its usual amount rainfall in the first six months of the year from January to June, which could explain the grasshoppers' migration northwards

Las Vegas saw almost double its usual amount rainfall in the first six months of the year from January to June, which could explain the grasshoppers' migration northwards

Las Vegas saw almost double its usual amount rainfall in the first six months of the year from January to June, which could explain the grasshoppers’ migration northwards

He explained that the large presence of grasshoppers could be caused by the wetter-than-average winter and spring. 

Las Vegas saw almost double its usual amount rainfall in the first six months of the year from January to June. Knight explained that the grasshoppers do not pose a threat as they do not carry infection or bite. 

They are also unlikely to cause damage to anyone’s property as they are not likely to stay for very long and will probably migrate further into the desert. 

Large swarms of grasshoppers have descended on Las Vegas and wet weather is the apparent blame for the invasion. Images show the insects on a sidewalk a few blocks off the strip

Large swarms of grasshoppers have descended on Las Vegas and wet weather is the apparent blame for the invasion. Images show the insects on a sidewalk a few blocks off the strip

Large swarms of grasshoppers have descended on Las Vegas and wet weather is the apparent blame for the invasion. Images show the insects on a sidewalk a few blocks off the strip 

Swarms of grasshoppers are seen on a large lamppost with an expert saying they are traveling north to central Nevada due to wetter than usual weather this year

Swarms of grasshoppers are seen on a large lamppost with an expert saying they are traveling north to central Nevada due to wetter than usual weather this year

Swarms of grasshoppers are seen on a large lamppost with an expert saying they are traveling north to central Nevada due to wetter than usual weather this year 

Grasshoppers are seen flying around a car park

Grasshoppers are seen flying around a car park

Grasshoppers are seen flying around a car park

Grasshoppers are seen flying around a car park

Residents have noticed the insects along the strip and in other parts of the Nevada city, but experts claimed that people should not be alarmed by their presence

He claimed that the the insects are usually attracted to ultraviolet light and suggested that people can install devices to avoid the insects on their property. 

‘They don’t carry any diseases. They don’t bite. They’re not even one of the species that we consider a problem. They probably won’t cause much damage in the yard.’  

The most recent similar migration happened in 2012 or 2013. He explained: ‘We have records clear from the 60s of it happening, and I have seen it, at least four or five times in my 30-plus years.  

‘There are some special weather conditions that trigger the migration.’

Grasshoppers can be seen flying above the night sky and are illuminated by a shining light from the iconic Luxor Resort and Casino

Grasshoppers can be seen flying above the night sky and are illuminated by a shining light from the iconic Luxor Resort and Casino

Grasshoppers can be seen flying above the night sky and are illuminated by a shining light from the iconic Luxor Resort and Casino 

Lyft driver Jessica Palmore captured video of the insects at night flying above the iconic Luxor Hotel & Casino on Thursday and posted it on her Facebook page

They could be seen by the sharp light emitted from the hotel with its stand-out pyramid shape. 

‘I know they are harmless, but they make me super itchy seeing them,’ she revealed.

In the video she is heard saying: ‘Oh no, something is not right with the world, I can not even take this. 

‘Oh my god, it goes up so far, they’re all bugs.’ Grasshoppers can both jump and fly and they can reach a speed of eight miles per hour when in the air. 

They are medium to large insects, while an adult can grow up to seven centimeters depending on the length.