And now we should talk about a plague of sorts...Nightmarish Caterpillar Swarm Defies Control in Liberia
Karen Lange They came by the millions out of the forest.
From off in the bush, townspeople at the epicenter of the plague heard a low roar, like the sound of heavy rain cascading down through the leaves. It was caterpillar droppings.
In early January, when the long, black caterpillars reached the creeks that serve as the main water sources for the town of Belefanai in north-central Liberia, the creatures' feces instantly turned streams dark and undrinkable.
Moving through the forest canopy on webs, devouring the leaves as they went, the caterpillars advanced like nothing the townspeople had ever seen.
They ate food and cash cropscoffee, cocoa, citrus, plantain, banana, and cassava. They took over homes and people fled.
Venturing into the forest meant being hit by a wave of caterpillars that appeared to be moving forward about as fast as the average person walks.
"The worms would drop on you from all angles," said Moses M. Kolinmore, a mason who arrived in Belefanai just as townspeople realized they had to get word to the government.
"They would cover the whole groundthousands upon thousands of thick, strong, stubborn worms. It was fearful, very fearful."
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at National Geographic.com