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Invasion of the wingless grasshoppers

By Kerces 16 January 2006 15

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!

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Thumper 8:27 am 18 Jan 06

Funnel web spiders are native to this area as there are many different varities of the nasty little beastie.

It’s the Sydney funnel web that is the really dangerous one and they sometimes find themselves in canberra after hitching a ride on a truck or in produce, etc.

It’s actually too cold for the Sydney funnel web to live here although they’re pretty happy during summer.

You’re also more likely to see a Sydney Funnel web in weather like this because it’s nice and humid which is what they like.

Having said that, even the Canberra version of the spider will bloody hurt if it latches onto you.

Indi 11:10 am 17 Jan 06

no comment

Absent Diane 9:04 am 17 Jan 06

Im pretty sure I have a dead (now) funnel web spider in my front yard….

Thumper 7:35 am 17 Jan 06

I saw a frog this morning. Does that mean we are about to have a plague of frogs as well?

The prophecy is forthcoming….

yakz 9:14 pm 16 Jan 06

We’ll all be rooned

seepi 7:19 pm 16 Jan 06

They are shocking. And the article said the more there are, the more eggs they will lay and there will be far more of them next year. We have been getting them inside the house, and inside my building at work.

erewego 4:54 pm 16 Jan 06

who cares
after being 1/2 drained by a number of thirsty mozzies recently I was recently beset by biting flies
no not horseflies or sand flies, normal little houseflies with friggin FANGS, BITING me
bastard biting flies, just what summer needs. Praps its just me, been a bit sensitive after losing all that blood to the mozzies

Ari 4:54 pm 16 Jan 06

Well the rain’s now arrived – so bring on the fungus

bonfire 4:00 pm 16 Jan 06

the end times is upon us i tells ya – repent repent…

DT 3:34 pm 16 Jan 06

And there I was thinking I was imagining things. I was in a couple of parks on the weekend, and it looked like a friggin’ plague to me . . .

Thumper 3:33 pm 16 Jan 06

Besides, they’re only the little suckers, not those great big bad boys that scone you in the head and just about knock you out.

Mr Evil 3:28 pm 16 Jan 06

I only hope they’re not keeping Sam awake at night!

Thumper 2:27 pm 16 Jan 06

AH, but you don’t remember the Great Grasshopper Plague of 81.

Grown men still break down and cry when it is mentioned.

Women faint where they stand.

Dogs roll over and pretend to be dead!

Forty seven people are still unaccounted for after the swarms fell upon the Canturf factory and another ten where reported missing from a local nursery.

The magpies grew so fat from eating them that they all evolved into White Winged Choughs and now rarely fly.

Now that was a plague….

They just don’t make em like they used too….


Maelinar 2:23 pm 16 Jan 06

Thumper, at Wells Station on Sunday surely you noticed the bazillion grasshoppers around your feet as you played backyard cricket ?

Seemed more than usual for me, although they may have moved on since I only played in the first innings, and you the second…

Thumper 2:18 pm 16 Jan 06

The word ‘invading’ may just be a tad over the top.

yes, there are more than usual, but not heaps of them.

Apparently the dry weather has retarded the growth of a fungus which invades the bodies of the grasshoppers and kills them.

Thus, no fungus equals lots of grasshoppers.

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