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Old 08-13-2017, 08:27 PM
 
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My word, I have never seen so many grasshoppers in 33 years of living here (southern NJ). As I walk through my yard, they fly/jump up in front of me by the dozen. Mowing the lawn got interesting, too! A large adult jumped up on my neck as I was mowing the lawn this morning. Yuck.

Anyone else seeing a lot of grasshoppers? I wonder what it is about this year that has made them so plentiful.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:13 PM
 
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Not a one in MN.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:53 PM
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Nope, haven't seen any here. It must be a Joisy thing.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Central WI
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More than in other recent years, but not exactly a plague (yet).

Populations fluctuate according to environmental factors like weather or food supply, but also have fluctuations peculiar to the species-- the cycle of the 17- yr cicada being an extreme example.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:05 PM
 
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I haven't seen any here in the past several years.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:13 PM
 
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I haven't seen many in my yard, but I'm sure I wouldn't have any trouble locating them in nearby fields.

It's about time to see the Devil's Horse or Eastern Lubber (Romalea microptera) around here. In this area, they are black with red stripes.
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:06 PM
 
Location: rural DE
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None.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:11 AM
 
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Hmm. Must be a local thing.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:48 PM
 
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Not that May but I've been killing them with my bare hands everyday, especially the young ones. I also have a few praying mantis in my yard, they devour the grasshoppers. But I still see some of my leaves are eaten by something, so I don't think they have been eradicated from my yard. My previous yard, I had none. It's a truffle to deal with them.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:40 PM
 
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We have plenty of mantises, too, but the grasshoppers -- juvenile and adult -- just plain outnumber the mantises, but quite a margin.
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