Billions of locust eggs hatch in the Negev

 

Billions of locust eggs hatch in the Negev

Negev Regional Council head appeals to the prime minister to save the south

May 7, 2013, 2:32 pm 3

 

A cloud of locusts in southern Israel in March 2013 (photo credit: Dror Garti/Flash90)

A cloud of locusts in southern Israel in March 2013 (photo credit: Dror Garti/Flash90)

 

 

The locust swarms that entered Israel in March and April, although prevented from causing major crop damage by an intensive spraying campaign, still left behind billions of eggs that are now hatching.

The newly hatched locusts could be a real disaster for crops, especially when they gain the ability to fly, Negev Regional Council head Shmuel Rifman warned.