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Beaches plagued by millions of black beetles

By T.K. Randall
March 1, 2016 · Comment icon 7 comments

The beetles arrived in a plague of biblical proportions. Image Credit: CC BY-2.0 xlibber
A popular holiday resort near Buenos Aires in Argentina has been invaded by swarms of beetles.
Thought to be black maize beetles - a species commonly found in South Africa - the large insects have descended upon the picturesque beaches of Mar de Ajo in their millions.


Several theories have been put forward in an effort to explain the phenomenon however the most likely explanation is that the beetles, which typically live for two years underground before emerging to mate, had been swept out to sea by strong winds before returning to the beaches en masse.[!gad]Thought to be black maize beetles - a species commonly found in South Africa - the large insects have descended upon the picturesque beaches of Mar de Ajo in their millions.


Several theories have been put forward in an effort to explain the phenomenon however the most likely explanation is that the beetles, which typically live for two years underground before emerging to mate, had been swept out to sea by strong winds before returning to the beaches en masse.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (7)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam 8 years ago
Some believe it is a portent of the end of the world with commentators claiming the influx of beetles is an 'ominous warning of impending doom' and 'the end of times is near… they can sense it.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3469826/Plague-black-beetles-Beaches-Argentina-infested-millions-insects-leaving-experts-baffled.html#ixzz41arN3KeR Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Oh boy! very likely something to do with a climatic change, but the nuts are out with this rubbish again. And what do they think is the connection between the beetles and the end... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by AustinHinton 8 years ago
Its Beetle-con, its a yearly convention where beetles go to discuss beetle-related issues, trade grub raising secrets and show off the latest in carapace fashion.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Timonthy 8 years ago
Sounds like the 2008 South East Australia cockchafer incident.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Goodnite 8 years ago
That's a lot of protein going to waste. Grind them up for food for Aqua-culture.
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Did they have a Beetlenado?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Blizno 8 years ago
Goodnite on 1 March, 2016, 13:08 "That's a lot of protein going to waste. Grind them up for food for Aqua-culture." That's a great idea! My first thought was that humans should figure out how to make the beetles edible. If that's not possible, aquaculture food is an excellent use for the suddenly overabundant resource.
Comment icon #7 Posted by seeder 8 years ago
Sounds like the 2008 South East Australia cockchafer incident. OUCH!


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