Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grrrrrrrrr asshoppers!

We have been over run by grasshoppers! They have destroyed the pastures, hay fields and anything they can get their grubby paws on!

Grasshoppers prefer to eat grasses, leaves and cereal crops, but many grasshoppers are omnivorous. The majority of grasshoppers are polyphagous. Many will eat from multiple host plants in one day, while some prefer to rely on the same host plant. Only one of the 8000 species of grasshopper is monophagous and will only eat a single species of plant.

In certain countries, grasshoppers are eaten as a good source of protein.
They can be boiled or eaten raw, sun-dried, fried, flavored with spices, such as garlic, onions, drenched in lime, and used in soup or as a filling for various dishes.
They are served on skewers in some Chinese food markets.

I'm thinking we have enough grasshoppers to have one heck of a party, with grasshopper as the main dish! Ha Ha Ha! But seriously!

Some of their destruction.
These are (was) my rhubarb, small tree, and chrysanthemum!

                            See all the grass hoppers on this plant? They are loaded on everything!!

On a lighter note. Cameron and I went to help a friend with his haying equipment. It was a beautiful evening.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Where are the Seagulls? Do you have enough hay for the cows? Sorry about the b@$*^#*ds!
    Beautiful sunset.

  2. Gads, its like the coming of the plagues!

  3. Oh I am sorry they are so very destructive hopefully they will be short-lived and your pastures and hay will bounce back. That is a beautiful sunset. Take care. Hug B

  4. They're doing a lot of damage. Most people do not realize the grass hopper's life cycle.

  5. Yuck I hate grasshoppers! We had them so bad one year out here it looked like the ground was moving it was creepy! We wanted to get a thousand cats and put them in the pastures as killers, but everyone said they'd just fight and run away....seemed like a good idea to me though

  6. My daughter just said she has them all over, but yours are epidemic.Many till in the fall to destroy where they lay eggs in their gardens, but I am not sure how you could get them all.

  7. I had no idea that grasshoppers were omnivorous. You learn something new every day! And wow they really do a lot of damage. That's a beautiful sunset by the way...

  8. oh, my, that reminds me of the great depression when grasshoppers just ate everything alive, and even the curtains hanging in windows, or clothes on the line.

    The sunset was beautiful!

  9. Cherie,
    Grasshoppers are the pits! It's amazing how much damage they can do in short order. Sorry to hear they moved in.

  10. YUCK! One nice thing about chickens they do keep grasshopper populations down. What a mess. I've posted your rainbow today and linked back to you!


  11. Ack, yuck, hate those things. Pray for seagulls!

  12. Oh my, that is something that I would never want to experience and I am sorry that you are. On a happy note, that is a lovely sunset! (I would be tempted to eat them myself for just destroying my crops!)

  13. we have them terribly in summer, too! anything green is their lunch!


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