Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What Were Those Insects Hopping in My Yard

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What Were Those Insects Hopping in My Yard

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Q * As I cut my lawn earlier I noticed it seemed to "be alive" with these small, jumping cricket-like insects. I had not seen these insects previously all summer long.

I wonder if you might be able to shed a little light on specifically what type of insect is hopping around in my backyard and if I should be concerned for (a) the lawn itself and (b) long- term ramifications? If the winter does not end their residence in my lawn, will I need to do something proactive in the spring to mitigate the possibility of their re-emergence?

A * Crickets, grasshoppers and katydids are closely related and share many similar characteristics. Many species of each type may occur in Missouri. Without seeing either quality pictures, or an intact collected specimen, we cannot identify which of these insects are currently in your garden. Neither have we heard of any widespread major outbreaks of any of these insects, which is not to say that there could very well be a highly localized spike in the numbers of these insects, which are present in varying numbers in any given year. …

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