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Locusts invade Australian town


April 8, 2010 — Swarms of locusts have invaded an Australian outback town, destroying trees and threatening crops.

Farmers in parts of Australia are holding their breath today. Swarms of locusts have invaded the outback town of Longraech, damaging trees and threatening crops.

The invasion began last Thursday, and by the end of the weekend most of the trees were bald.

Grasshoppers are known to change and become locusts to migrate when their colonies face food shortages due to increasing population.

The plague is said to be the biggest to hit the region in three decades. And now, farmers east of Longraech who were enjoying a relatively good harvest season are worried that the insects will reach their fields.

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