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NEWS: Locusts Swarm Over Northern Africa

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posted on Nov, 17 2004 @ 01:05 PM
Swarms of locusts have descended over Africa in the past few days and scenes of swarms in the Egyptian capital Cairo evoked an almost biblical feel to the situation. The locusts have left a trail of destruction across West Africa already and have now moved east. This is tipped as the worst invasion in 15 years and may get worse before it ends.

The life-cycle of the locust is truly remarkable. Locusts start off as ordinary green grasshoppers, who actually prefer to be alone. But if the young "hoppers" are crowded too close together, it triggers a change in their body and their behavior. They grow and shed their skins, eventually mutating into leaner, meaner locusts.

With food to eat and sufficient moisture, the mature locusts lay eggs in the soil -- and when the eggs hatch, there's a 400-fold increase in their numbers. The crowds turn into swarms that continue the cycle. In a few generations, the locust population can number in the billions and single swarms can stretch for miles. Each bug can eat its own weight in vegetation in a single day, and hundreds can pack into one square yard of ground.

In the past few years, the rains have been abundant in Senegal and other nations on Africa's West Coast. That's good news for farmers, but also a perfect breeding ground for locusts.

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In a continent already ravaged by famine and economic plights these locusts are not helping the situation. The swarms have triggered exoduses of people in Niger and Mauritiania and Israeli's are on the look out for the swarms which may sweep across Israel after ravaging the African crops. Senegal has mobilised its army and equipped it with pesticides designed to kill off the Locusts but the sheer number of them prevent the chemicals from having any strong effects on the swarm.

Jerusalem Post

posted on Nov, 17 2004 @ 08:56 PM
how about flame throwers ?

[edit on 17-11-2004 by snagglepus]

posted on Nov, 17 2004 @ 09:12 PM
As mentioned flamethrowers
Reminds me of a Star Wars quote "Theres to.... many of them". It does have a nasty biblical feel to it. For all we know a reincarnation of Moses is in Egypt at this very moment. The trick to killing locusts is to kill them while they hibrinate. Time to break out the napalm while they're in the desert. The locusts sheer numbers and appeitite amaze me. Time to break out the napalm while they're in the desert.

[edit on 11/17/2004 by cyberdude78]

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