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Freak swarms of locusts devouring vineyards in and around the northern Italian province of Alessandria, sometimes moving at speeds of up to 30mph, are threatening this year's production of a venerable wine.

Independent.co.uk
"The locusts, identified as a home-grown variety of insect, the Calliptamus italicus, have been wreaking havoc with agriculture throughout Piedmont. Huge swarms have also been seen flying around districts of Turin at speeds of up to 30mph.

'Above all the locusts devour the young vine shoots,' said Fabrizio Iuli, who produces Barbera in the fertile Monferrato hills near Cerrina. 'But now they have also started to attack the adult plants.'

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