Start stockpiling the gin, everyone: a new species of locust has been devouring juniper bushes across the globe, and scientists say this could mean the end for our favourite tipple.
With the oncoming spring, swarms of Locustus vocatus have been spotted in major juniper-growing areas, including the Baltic States and all throughout the Alps. These devouring insects have decimated juniper crops, leaving farmers and distillers of gin completely frazzled.
"I really can't explain it," says Ivan Ivanov, who owns a massive juniper-growing estate in southern Bulgaria, "they just came through and destroyed everything."
As gin lovers know, juniper is the essential ingredient in our favourite spirit. Without juniper crops, it's looking like the end of gin.
This is a major blow, especially considering the juniper berry panic of the past couple of years. These shrubs have been in serious decline due to wild bunnies who graze on the tiny berries - and freak lightning storms that have been specially targeting the plants. Is this the final nail in juniper's coffin?