Saturday, November 10, 2012

Colorado Potato Beetle

The Colorado Potato Beetle is a big pest for farmers.  The insect ravages potato, tomato and eggplant crops.  However, I never knew that in the Czech Republic it is known, or at least it was known, as the American bug.

Colorado Potato Beetle
Back in the Cold War days, the communists used to promote propaganda that American planes dropped the bugs over crops in an effort to destabilize socialism.  East Germany also used to report that imperialist planes and secret agents were responsible for poor harvests due to having unleashed the insects.  What the hell ever!

Here's a Czechoslovakian report, with English subtitles, that I found on YouTube about the "American bug".  You can also hear what the Czech language sounds like.

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