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Last Updated: Tuesday November 30 2004 16:33 GMT

Big locust swarm flies into Spain

The locusts have landed in Spain
A huge swarm of locusts has invaded beaches on the Canary Islands off Spain, driving holiday makers away.

After munching their way through several countries the pink bugs decided to take a break on the sunny shores of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Luckily for the Canaries the creatures seem to be too tired to chomp after their trip over the sea from Africa.

But officials aren't taking any chances - they have brought in 1,500 litres of insecticide just in case.

They may begin spraying if the locust swarm gets any bigger.

Swarms of locusts have also invaded Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Northern Senegal and Mauritania.

Locusts swarm parts of the planet every year but the Canary island invasion is thought to be the worst in the area for 50 years.

Experts think a hot spell may mean the swarm is bigger than usual.



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