Grasshoppers are invading Canberra! At least, that’s what the Canberra Times is telling me since I’m not around to witness it for myself.
Entomologist David Hunter says this year is just a taste of things to come and the grasshoppers will back for much longer — from November to February — and in stronger forces next year.
And with more grasshoppers will come more damage, he warns.
“This season we will have them for six weeks, but next spring they will be present from November, and that is a substantial part of the season where people are trying to grow vegetables and plants,” he said.
“On any given day, grasshoppers may not do that much damage, but if they are around for two or three months, then we have a significant problem.”
The insects in question are apparently Tablelands Wingless Grasshopper, and there is a committee for them, though exactly what they do apart from talk to the media I’m not sure.
Enjoy your fried grasshoppers folks!