The Swamp Locusts' scientific name, Stagnum Acrididae, comes from the Latin word stagnum, meaning “pond, swamp, or fen” and acrididae, which is a family of orthopterous insects.
The Swamp Locust has an elongated body with many limbs protruding from its sides, akin to a centipede. The Swamp Locust's legs are incredibly long, and resemble tree branches. The Swamp Locust's skin is greenish-brown, and covered in horns and spikes. The creature's mouth is circular like a lamprey's, and filled with a complete circle of sharp teeth.
Swamp Locusts are omnivores and aggressive ambush predators.
While Aaron Brooks, his team, and several Iwi tribe members were attempting to flee the various scavenger creatures feeding on the corpse of a Sirenjaw, they drew too close to a swamp, causing a Swamp Locust to burst from the water and attack. They were able to outrun the creature, which could not pursue them on land as easily as it could in water.
The Swamp Locust's greatest asset is its almost flawless method of camouflage. The creature submerges its body underwater and faces upward toward the surface, extending its wooden limbs above the surface so as to disguise them as the swamp foliage surrounding them. Any prey moving across the water will be unaware of the Swamp Locust's presence, allowing it to take its prey by surprise.
Swamp Locust concept art for Kong: Skull Island
- Like the Psychovulture, Death Jackal, Magma Turtle, and Sirenjaw, the Swamp Locust was conceptualized for Kong: Skull Island but did not make an actual appearance in the finished film. According to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, an early draft of the film featured an entire sequence revolving around the Swamp Locust. The Swamp Locust's planned role appears to have been filled by a squid-like monster in the film's novelization.
- Chinese marketing for the film gave the Swamp Locust the scientific name "Icarus Follum".
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