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Subject: Grasshopper-looking insect
Location: Colorado
August 15, 2012 6:45 pm
Hi!
I was hiking up Mt Elbert, in Colorado, this morning (8/15/12) and came across this bug. We were about 1/2 a mile from the summit (about 14k feet). It was fairly large. I obnoxiously chased it with my camera and only slightly annoyed it (it moved just a little out of my way).
Sorry I didn’t get in a good perspective for this bug’s size.
Signature: Paige

Mormon Cricket

Hi Paige,
This large, flightless Katydid is commonly called a Mormon Cricket.  When conditions are right, they can appear in great numbers, eating most things in their path.  Legend has it that when the Mormons first settled in Utah, a swarm of Mormon Crickets descended upon the crops threatening to wipe out the harvest.  A flock of seagulls appeared and devoured the Mormon Crickets, saving the crops.  Mormon Crickets are generally depicted as being black, but green individuals are not uncommon.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Colorado

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