What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Mormon Cricket Eating A Grasshopper
Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 4:37 PM
Here’s a photo of a Mormon Cricket eating grasshopper roadkill. It was on a dirt road in the mountains of Southern Idaho. It might work into Bug Carnage…
Also include a side shot of a Mormon Cricket on the same road.
Congrats on the site redesign!
Rush
Mountain Home, Idaho, USA

Mormon Cricket eats Grasshopper Roadkill

Mormon Cricket eats Grasshopper Roadkill

Hi Rush,
Your photos are both positively gorgeous.  Mormon Crickets are omnivorous feeders.  They are credited with destroying crops, but they will also cannibalize one another if there is no other food.  That dead grasshopper was just too appealing to be passed by.  Your profile shot shows the impressive swordlike ovipositor of the female Mormon Cricket.  For clarification, our Unnecessary Carnage section is reserved for the deliberate killing of insects by people for no apparent reason.  Thanks for the compliment on our new site design.

Female Mormon Cricket

Female Mormon Cricket

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