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Strange Moth Invade Mukono, Blamed on Wetland Destruction

The yellow stripped colored insects invaded the villages of Ngandu and Naggalama in recent weeks, creating panic among residents, some of who, thought that they had been invaded by desert locusts.
A locust look alike insect on a maize plant

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The infiltration of variegated grasshoppers in parts of Mukono District has been blamed on destruction of Wetlands.  

The yellow stripped colored insects invaded the villages of Ngandu and Naggalama in recent weeks, creating panic among residents, some of who, thought that they had been invaded by desert locusts. 

But Mukono District Veterinary Officer Dr Fred Mukulu says that a team of entomologists have confirmed that the insects in Mukono are variegated grasshoppers that invaded the area from Ngandu wetland which is currently depleted.      

Although, he notes that the insects are not dangerous as desert locusts, residents claim that they are already feeding on a variety of plants and crops. URN observed about ten gardens of tomatoes, eggplants and maize already affected.   

One of the affected farmers Moses Mutesasila says that the insects were initially very few in numbers but have since multiplied and started eating up their gardens.   

//Cue in; “So we got…    

Cue out…on your crops.” //     

//Cue in; “nabanyonyodde ne mbagamba  

Cue out…kumalawo mmeere yaffe.“//   

Fred Itandiga, another farmer says that the insects have destroyed close to an acre of his tomato and eggplant garden. 

//Cue in; “nafiriddwa ennyannya ekitundu 

Cue out…ezo nentuula sseebo.”//

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