Red locusts swarm western Algarve

in Algarve · 04-12-2004 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

Thousands of red locusts, thought to be from Africa, have been swarming the western coast of the Algarve since Sunday.

While their direction remains uncertain, observers believe this to be the same swarm that visited the Canary Islands last week.
Several spottings of red locust swarms have been reported this week along the beaches between Sagres and Vila do Bispo, including Ingrina, Tonel, Mareta and Zavial. Locals say they have never witnessed anything like it, adding that the particular species had not been seen before in the region.
The inclement weather of the past week has been attributed to the fact that sightings have dwindled, though the locusts are thought to have taken refuge from the heavy rains and strong winds at rock formations. The locusts measure between eight and 15 centimetres in length, with the larger ones having been the first arrivals in the Algarve.
Other eyewitnesses are reported to have made sightings of the locusts in Faro, which is about one hundred kilometres from where the first swarms were spotted on Sunday.

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