Locusts Won't Cure Diabetes

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi locust hunters who believe the insects hold a cure for diabetes were warned on Wednesday they could be crunching on a poisonous snack.

The official Saudi Press Agency quoted Ghazi Hawari, head of the desert kingdom's anti-locust center, as saying any swarm which crossed its borders would be sprayed with insecticide.

It said Hawari "warned against catching locusts and eating them in the belief that they are a cure for diabetes and stressed the danger of eating them after spraying operations."

Diabetes is a common affliction in many Gulf Arab countries.

Hawari said only a very small number of the locusts, which have swept through North Africa and into southern Israel, had so far reached into Saudi Arabia.