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Laura Ingalls Wilder

What Happened to the Great Grasshopper Plague?

Locusts in the sky in 1898. (Background photo courtesy of Library of Congress)

You may be "hopping" mad at the oak tree itch mites that have invaded Kansas this summer, but 140 years ago, there was another insect that was a far greater nuisance in the Old West: the grasshopper. Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us how trillions of grasshoppers once darkened the skies over Kansas, blocked out the sun and ate nearly everything in their path.

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