Plague of moths from Africa threatens crops

30th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2006, MADRID — As Spain struggles to cope with a human invasion from African migrants, it faces a similar threat in insect form from the same continent – gamma moths.

30 May 2006

MADRID — As Spain struggles to cope with a human invasion from African migrants, it faces a similar threat in insect form from the same continent – gamma moths.

Swarms of gamma moths are reported to have arrived in the Spanish mainland from Africa.

The moths are not dangerous but prove highly annoying when they invade the homes, hair and clothing of anyone who gets in their way.

The moths also pose a more serious risk to farmers as the female of the species lays thousands of eggs at a time, unleashing hundreds of voracious caterpillars who can destroy crops.

A swarm of gamma moths was spotted by entomologists in Extremadura.

It is thought they may have arrived across the Straits of Gibraltar.

But so far the environment ministry says there is no proof that a migration from Africa is underway.

The last time Spain was hit by such a plague was in 1996.

It is thought the insects usually arrive after a drought, such as the one Spain experienced last year.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news  

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