When food and climate conditions are favourable they may swarm then settle. They are a sudden destructive influence. You may be picturing swarming locusts, descending on lush, green pastures; stripping it bare of anything that can be devoured. My voracious feeders are not insects but rather two young men home from college, my son and his friend. The effect was the same as invading, voracious insects.
Take your eyes of the game and there goes the avocado for the evening’s salsa; now on toast with the tomato you had set aside for pizza. Their afternoon snack of biscuits and dip turned into a feast for kings with the addition of the sharp cheddar, homemade relish and pesto. Litres of milk a vehicle for the new tin of milo then the final straw, the gourmet ice-cream purchased to go with Easter Sunday desert. It leaves me standing – gobsmacked.
They stayed a week, cleaned out the fridge, pantry and freezer and have left again. I have been told the conditions will be favourable for another swarm in early May. This time not two but a hoard and will consist of music festival attendees. So I have two questions for you: 1. What food stores should I lay stock to in preparation for the impending invasion? And 2.what is the collective noun for a group of hungry college students who are never sated?