Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Large Locust Plague Heading Shepparton's Way

A looming locust plague 50 times larger than the one that tore through Northern Victoria 3 years ago, could cover a massive 1.24 million hectares by December. Shepparton and Wangaratta could be the worst hit with a potential high density of egg bearing locusts. Victoria’s Australian Plague Locust Commissioner Andrew Tomkins said the eggs are due to hatch next month, but the extent of the infestation would depend on how much green feed is available for the young locusts to feed on.

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