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Grasshoppers (or are they locusts?)

re: Grasshoppers (or are they locusts?)

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by » Fri Sep 06, 2019 04:00 pm

That time the link worked.  Yeah, they're really thick where you are.  I suppose the farmer was talking about how bad they were in terms of crop damage.  They seem about normal here this year.

I looked it up, (I should have done it years ago.) and the only difference between a grasshopper and a locust is whether or not they swarm.  When grasshoppers swarm, they're called locusts.  From your video, I'd say they qualify as locusts.  What we sometimes call "17 year locusts" are actually cicadas, and not locusts at all.  Hmm.  Now I know.    John

re: Grasshoppers (or are they locusts?)

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by » Thu Sep 05, 2019 04:10 pm

Try the link now. I adjusted it. ;)

That first summer was a really DRY one. THis one has been wetter than usual for us.

re: Grasshoppers (or are they locusts?)

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by » Thu Sep 05, 2019 04:01 pm

I always wondered what was the difference, (or if there was a difference).  I always figured they got worse when crops grew really well but a farmer told me they get worse when the weather is too dry, because they eat the plants for the moisture.  That was a surprise that made sense.

I couldn't see the video.  It just took me to the Message Board.  John

Grasshoppers (or are they locusts?)

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by » Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:47 pm

Our first summer here there were TONS of grasshoppers. This summer is almost as bad. I took this 7 second video walking a few feet away from my car when I left work. Loot at how many there are. Grasshoppers.mp4

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