Brown Locusts Descend Across the Northern Cape, 1st Outbreak of the Season

Brown Locusts Descend Across the Northern Cape, 1st Outbreak of the Season

  • Swarms of wild locusts have returned for the first time this year to parts of the Northern Cape
  • The insects made their way to the province due to increased rain and a change in weather patterns
  • Experts warn the swarms could stay for some time due to increased rains

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Parts of The Northern Cape have been hit by the first brown locust outbreak of the season, The Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs confirmed on Friday.

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Swarms of wild locusts have returned for the first time this year to parts of the Northern Cape. Image: Getty
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The pesky insects made their way to the province due to increased rain and changes in weather patterns in the region. The good rains in the area over the past few weeks also mean residents of the Northern Cape can expect more locust swarms in the coming months, EWN reports.

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The department reports the locusts had been seen in some parts of the ZF Mgcawu and Pixley ka Seme districts. They'd also been seen in Niekerkshoop, Sutherland and Richmond, eNCA reports.

Yoh: Man walks with bees on his body, claims to have been doing it for 30 years

In more insect-related news, Briefly News previously reported that it is said that a sting from a honey bee can result into a painful raised swell or an allergic reaction that will require medical attention. Little wonder humans shy away from coming in contact with the insect.

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But the reverse is the case for a man as he has found fame with it.

The unidentified man is a serial beekeeper. He is in fact, more than that.

The man is popular in his community for his ability to walk around with thousands of bees on his body without being stung.

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A YouTube video by Afrimax captured how the man performed the incredible act.

How he does it

In the video, the self-acclaimed king of bees explained that to make the insects lay on him, he first identifies and place the queen bee on his body.

Once this is successful, the other honey bees buzz towards him and make a camp on his body around the queen bee - a way of protecting the queen.

He gets the queen bee to maintain a static position on his body by tying the insect with a rope around his waist.

The man said he has been keeping bees since his childhood.

How he makes money as a beekeeper

Owing to the fame in his immediate environment, people disturbed by bees seek his services to help chase the insects away, this he does at a price.

He also sells off honeycombs produced by the bees.

Source: Briefly News

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