Attack of the Katydids

Mormon Cricket
Photo: BLM

In the 1850s, Mormon settlers new to Utah described a plague of insects that were destroying their crops. The insects were given the name, “Mormon Crickets” and it has stuck for over a century even though the insects are not crickets or Mormon. Insect pest management specialists insist on calling them “Shield-backed Katydids” but that term has less penetration of the public lexicon than the term “entomologist”.

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Source: Living With Insects Blog

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