A general view of the city of Zahle, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Residents of the Bekaa Valley woke to a swarm of black beetles Monday morning, thought to be caused by Lebanon's wet winter.The beetles had also been spotted in other nearby Western Bekaa-Rashaya villages, including Yanta, Jub Jennin and Bakka. Bakka's mayor confirmed that the insects were first seen Sunday night and had stayed in considerable numbers in the town's streets by Monday afternoon.Although many had incorrectly identified the beetles as cockroaches, Zinette Moussa, head of the entomology laboratory at the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute, said they were in fact Calosoma inquisitor, a species of ground beetle native to Europe and Asia Minor.
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