This Is What a Plague of Locusts Actually Looks Like

By Jamie Condliffe on at

A plague of locusts sounds like the kind of biblical torment that we'll never really need to worry about. But they're real, they happen — and boy do they cause trouble.

This picture shows a plague of billions of locusts swarming the island of Madagascar, destroying crops and grazing lands as they go. Worse, the country is already on the brink of famine — and its 13 million inhabitants need things to change, fast.

Current estimates by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation suggest that £14 million is required to bring the plague to a halt by the end of the month using insecticides, and a further £12 million to prevent it recurring. [New Scientist]

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