The Swarm Over Sardina
A swarm of locusts is plaguing farmlands on the Italian island of Sardinia in what farmers have called the worst infestation since the end of World War 2. The locusts, estimated in the millions, have covered over 6,000 acres of farmland between the towns of Ottana and Orani.
The farmers’ lobby has asked the government for help, but it’s likely too late to save the hay crop and grassland that sustain their sheep and other livestock.
Locusts are common in Sardinia during the summer, but the massive drought in 2017 followed by significant rainfall in 2018 created the ideal climate for the locusts. Currently, even Northern Italy is also battling a plague of stink bugs, which are destroying swathes of fruit trees.
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