This plague is mentioned by Rabbi Raphael Meyuchas (1701–1771), the Rishon LeTzion in Jerusalem. In his glossary Peri HaAadamah on the Rambam, he writes as follows: “25 Tamuz of the year 5505, here in the holy city of Jerusalem, approached a kind of Locusts, which they call in Arabic ‘Jondokh’ [a large locust]. They said that it ate all the ‘Appil’* which is called ‘Sipi Maqat’ [beds of cucumbers]… and they called for a fast on Monday, Thursday and Monday.”
* Transliterated from Hebrew. I’d appreciate it if someone would enlighten me about the true translation of the mentioned names.
Source: Pri HaAdamah, Hilchos Taanis, chapter 2
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