Africa has been battling the invasive fall armyworm moth for 2 years. It's laid waste to huge swathes of the continent's corn crops, affecting 44 of Africa's 55 countries. And corn is Africa's staple food.
Two years ago, the voracious caterpillar emerged in southern Africa. Since then, it has spread to 38 countries on the continent. The World Food and Agricultural Organization is warning of imminent crop failures.
The British Forestry Commission has warned Londoners of an infestation of caterpillars that produce various toxic effects in humans. The hairy creature is already well established in Germany.
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