Crickets ... those little insects which make shrill, musical noises on balmy evenings, are not?
Crickets ... those little insects which make shrill, musical noises on balmy evenings, are not as innocent as they sound, and not always as small as they should be.
It's these usually harmless insects that are currently threatening to wipe out wheat crop in a southern Idaho valley. Farmers there are fighting an infestation of overgrown cricket which are attacking their crops in hundreds of millions. But the farmers believe they may be fighting a losing battle.
They fear that if the giant insects aren't wiped out, eggs laid by the females will increase the cricket population to tens of billions. This will pose an even more serious threat to next year's crops.
There hasn't been a serious "cricket invasion", since Mormon pioneers first settled the valley. They defeated the insect plaque with the help of hunger seagulls, but the present-day farmers are using the modern method of crop-dusting.